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I have been trying to make an application and package it and so on, but I have run in to a lot of errors, so I tried to get back to basic:

after the command quickly create ubuntu-application dj1 and cd dj1 I get my app, which can run and package with quickly package, works fine!

Although I get some warnings that

** ( WARNING **: Error sending credentials: Error sending message: Operation not permitted

but I've read that one should state your name and such in the file at the bottom. So I did quickly edit and had to open the file separately and wrote my license, name, email, description and long description at the appropriate places (i did not include a web page). I saved and terminated gedit.

now when I run quickly package I get


Command returned some WARNINGS: ---------------------------------- WARNING: the following files are not recognized by ---------------------------------- Do you want to continue (this is not safe!)? y/[n]: n

I've read on this forum that one can downgrade python-distutils-extra to the last stable verison with:

sudo apt-get install python-distutils-extra=2.32-2

but after I did that and tried to package again i got the same warnings. (and I also read that one should not simply remove the file)

Does anybody know how to get rid of these warnings? Am I using the edditor in a wrong way? I tried before and used emacs, but same thing there...

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.


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Whatever editing program you used to change created a backup of the original file. When the program is packaged by distutils, file types that it doesn't recognize (i.e. the .py~) give a warning. Just delete the file. Not sure how to turn off that behavior in whatever editor you're using.

EDIT: In gedit you can turn off automatic backups by going to Edit->Preferences->Editor tab and unchecking 'Create a backup copy of files before saving'

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This time, I used gedit (the default editor for "quickly edit") but I've also used Emacs, with the same result... – user136459 Mar 11 '13 at 8:01
I edited the answer to show how to turn off this feature in gedit. – Ian B. Mar 14 '13 at 14:37

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