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cadunn 04-13-2012 05:42 AM

gedit not showing "last modified" times
I'm using gedit for Python scripts in my courses and have found it most disturbing that after a short amount of time -- maybe 24 hours (or less) a script will only have the month/day/year recorded by gedit. This is horribly frustrating. As a fairly new programmer, I save and move on incrementally so that when I totally screw up, I can get back to partial success. But, the way things are, the next day, all scripts are equal as it were.

I've searched the web to no avail and have come here for help.
What drives me nuts is that the times exist in the File Manager. But I can find no way to make that column show up in gedit when I go to open a file.

I'm running Mint 12.

Thanks much for any advice.

ButterflyMelissa 04-14-2012 03:08 PM


Does it have to be gedit? I dont really see that as the best vehicle for programming. I use Bluefish for the web-n-scripting, hovering over the tab of the document, date and time show up...

Just a tip...


cadunn 04-14-2012 04:27 PM

Thanks, Thor -- but you know, editors are tools, and we all have our favorites -- I use Bluefish for HTML and CSS. But much prefer gedit for the Python work. And, I have never seen a text editor that didn't give "last modified" times. If I can't find a way around this, I'm going to have find something else, and I hate those kind of searches. gedit is clean and straightforward. Bluefish is too busy and cluttered for my tastes in programming.

New class starts Monday, so I'd better get on with the search. But I still find this unbelievable.

Anyway, thanks again for getting back to me.

ButterflyMelissa 04-14-2012 05:14 PM


But much prefer gedit for the Python work.
Hmm, did'nt even see gedit capable of doing this, that does put the thing in a different light. Thanks for sharing this.

Good luck in finding what you need!


cadunn 04-14-2012 05:20 PM

Well, I've just finished mucking about with Komodo Edit. Will have to wait until tomorrow to see if it saves "last modified" times beyond the 24 hour window.

It seems like, just because it's Linux, that editors would naturally tap into the file manager for their File Open queries. If they did, this problem wouldn't be a problem-- and editors often let you customize a whole bunch of stuff, but apparently not what you want to see in a directory listing. File Manager will let you pick and chose, but so far no editors I've seen will do that.

One nice thing about Komodo Edit with Python is that it showls a dotted line for indentation.
That's real nice.

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