- Obsidian 0.14.6 (installer 0.14.6)
- macOS 12.3.1
When in edit mode (new editor, not legacy) and you command-click on an empty link like the one below:
This is a test [something]()
^--command click anywhere here
…Obsidian will create and switch to an entirely new, empty file, named
().md in your vault. e.g.
After this happens, when I open the JS console to see if any warnings or errors were displayed, I find none. In my opinion, command-clicking an empty link should not create a file named
() — it should just be a no-op.
First, your example is not a wikilink, but a markdown link…
Second, maybe I don’t completely understand your problem - but of course, if you change the link’s target (which, in markdown links, is the part between “()”, whereas the first part between “” is the link’s alias), obsidian will create a new file in case it doesn’t exist yet.
Ah, thanks, that’s true. I updated the OP. Actually your reply led me to the repro steps, so I updated the post to include that too. I still think it’s a bug, command-clicking an empty link should not create a file named
() — it should just be a no-op.
But still, that’s expected behaviour. When you click a non-existing link, the link (means: the file) will be created - that’s what obsidian does (see here)
Update: Just tried myself - though in general the creation of a new file is expected behaviour, some different things happen depending on which editor you are using:
- With the old legacy editor, a new empty file is created in edit mode, when you ctrl + click in between the parentheses; in reading mode, though, a popup appears which is asking you if you really want obsidian to open an external link.
- If, however, you click on the link’s alias, nothing happens at all;
- With the new live preview mode, clicking the alias will create a new empty file as you described in your example.
At least, obsidian’s behaviour should be consistent, regardless of editor and mode; ideally,
nothing happens when you click an empty link
- file will be created if you click a non-empty, non-existing link.
I can’t think of a single case where creating an empty file named
() would be the desired behavior. The parentheses are never supposed to be part of the filename.
I have not yet found a consistent way to make this happen. Happened twice this week. One time I managed to get the note named with parentheses to be created, probably by additional keyboard input after that popup happened:
Given I do not know yet what causes it to happen, it also makes retrying in safe mode a bit of a hassle at the moment.
I searched the reports and got no hits on this, but I can also understand that parentheses are a special case for searches.
Steps to reproduce
- Used Ctrl+K to wrap existing text to become a link.
Editor creating the link markup around the wrapped text and waiting for a URI to be provided within the parentheses, no popup to create a page named after parentheses.
Got this pop up once the cursor positioned itself in the parentheses.
- Debug info:
Obsidian version: v0.14.6
Installer version: v0.14.2
Operating system: Windows 10 Home 10.0.19043
Login status: not logged in
Insider build toggle: off
Live preview: on
Legacy editor: off
Base theme: dark
Community theme: Obsidian gruvbox
Snippets enabled: 0
Safe mode: off
Plugins installed: 2
Plugins enabled: 2
1: Advanced Tables
2: Sort & Permute lines