Cloud9 is for developers, and development frequently requires us to update things outside of the workspace, so why can’t we do that properly?
For example, if I want to install rethinkdb, I need to edit the conf file which is located several folders into /etc.
I can only get there through the terminal, and I can only edit the file with something like nano. That would be just fine (although a silly limitation) except that scrolling through a text file in the terminal on cloud9 is broken and doesn’t scroll properly most of the time. It seems like an intermittent issue, but a very frequent one that makes it incredibly frustrating to use.
The c9 command was implemented to allow us to open a file in the full IDE from the command line. Perfect! Wait, it can only open files I can already see in the workspace file tree. Anything outside of that just hangs forever, essentially making that command useless.
Here would be the most obvious fixes to make this a whole hell of a lot more enjoyable to use (or just plain usable):
Let us access the whole file system with the file tree navigation UI. It’s not like it’s protected anyways if I can get to it with the terminal - and it would make cloud9 entirely useless if we couldn’t get to it at all.
Fix the c9 command to work on all files, even outside the workspace.
Fix scrolling through text files in the terminal. This one is only necessary if we can’t fix 1 or 2, but it seems like a straight forward refresh bug.