[Lazarus] Developing on Linux with files on Windows NTFS

Donald Ziesig donald at ziesig.org
Thu Feb 5 16:53:40 CET 2015

Hi All!

I have been trying to develop a multi-platform app with the IDE on Linux 
(MInt) and the source files on a Windows NTFS partition.   I build and 
test on windows but my primary work is done on linux so I don't stay 
logged in to windows very long.

The problem I am having is that the Linux version of the IDE seems to 
get confused by windows time stamps (at least that's what the symptoms 
suggest).  When I save an edited file (either code or form), the IDE 
frequently (but not always) opens a copy of that file in a separate tab 
and complains when I edit and save one of the two instances.  It 
sometimes deletes the most recent edit, other times the obsolete file.

I haven't found a windows driver for ext4 that doesn't warn of potential 
corruption of the ext4 file system, otherwise I would develop with the 
source on linux and occasionally build on windows.

One alternative is to keep the master source on linux and copy it all to 
NTFS when I build/test on windows, but that has its own set of issues.

Has anyone had any success in using common storage for multi-platform 
source code?  If so, how do you do it?


Don Ziesig

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