Keep VS Code from creating new directories when file system unmounts

Peter Dong 1 Reputation point

I am running VS Code on a Windows machine running Ubuntu on WSL 2 that mounts a remote drive from a Linux server using FUSE. This allows me to edit comfortably on VS Code while I run the documents on the server and it generally works great. However, if I am editing and my computer loses its Internet connection briefly, the FUSE mount is lost. If I am in the middle of editing and don't notice, then when I save it, VS Code will see nothing in the directory and create a bunch of directories and save the file locally, which is not what I want to do.

For example, I might be editing a file that is in the mount folder, which is the remote mount. I work on the file mount/somedir/somedir2/someFile.txt. If the Internet connection drops, the remote filesystem is unmounted. If I click Ctrl-s, then VS Code sees only an empty folder called mount. It then creates a somedir directory, then a somedir2 directory, then a someFile.txt file, and saves it there. It is often some time before I catch the problem, and while it is resolvable, I end up with multiple versions of the same file (one on my computer and one on the server) and rationalizing the two is a pain and, if I do it wrong, can end up with me losing work and data (which has happened).

Is there a way to tell VS Code to give an error message when attempting to save a file to a suddenly nonexistent directory, rather than creating it automatically for me? That would make my life and my research group's lives much easier.

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  1. Tianyu Sun-MSFT 29,436 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @Peter Dong ,

    Thank you for taking time to post this issue in Microsoft Q&A forum.

    Visual Studio Code(VS Code) and Visual Studio IDE(VS) are two different products, and VS Code is currently not supported in the Microsoft Q&A forums, the supported products are listed over here:

    For the related questions(technical support) about VS Code, you can post here: Stack Overflow tagged Visual Studio Code or here: GitHub – Visual Studio Code.

    Thanks for your understanding, have a great day.

    Best Regards,

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