Remote file editing, dolphin and local caching

Kevin Krammer krammer at
Tue Oct 23 09:57:34 BST 2012

On Tuesday, 2012-10-23, Peter Risdon wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm converting to KDE from Gnome (classic) and struggling with the handling
> of remote filesystems. Having googled the problem at length, I have two
> questions:
> 1. If I try to use my preferred text editor, gedit, with a file on a
> network drive it caches the remote file and operates on the cached version.
> The only opportunity to upload it comes when the editor is closed. Is there
> a way to make the editor operate on the remote file directly? It looks like
> the only editor that does, and this in a laborious way, is Kate.

gedit uses a different implementation for virtual file systems than KDE does 
(KDE uses KIO, GTK+ applications use GIO/GVFS).

You'll find Kate's behavior with most other KDE applications, for gedit you'll 
have to contact the gedit community.

> I'd appreciate being cc'd in because I don't subscribe to this list.

Leaving that for reference for follow up comments


Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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