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Re: What's your favourite *under_publicized* editing feature ofEmacs?

From: Todd Wylie
Subject: Re: What's your favourite *under_publicized* editing feature ofEmacs?
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 23:38:06 -0600

I find it simplest to consolidate backups to a single directory:

;; universal directory
(setq backup-directory-alist `(("." . "~/.emacs.d/AUTOSAVE/")))

and periodically expunge them manually, simply by opening the directory in 
dired, type '~', and flush them in one go. 

Best, T

On Feb 23, 2011, at 11:19 PM, PJ Weisberg wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 7:13 AM, Cthun <address@hidden> wrote:
>> The other option is auto-save to some temporary file, or a sequence of
>> numbered files. Of course if you have a power outage or something now you
>> have to go hunting for where the darn thing saved these. Depending, they may
> More likely, the editor will just ask you if you want to recover the
> auto-saved version the next time you open the file.  (Or do what Emacs
> does, which is open the file normally but display a message suggesting
> you execute "M-x recover-this-file".)
>> even be vulnerable to being erased by an automatic temp file cleanup script
>> before you get to them.
> If you choose to run such a script, I would recommend using one that
> only deletes files that are several days old.
>> Sequences of numbered files used to risk filling up the filesystem, too, but
>> not with text files in this day and age.
> If you're concerned about that, customize kept-old-versions and/or
> kept-new-versions to manage the number of backup versions that are
> saved.
> -PJ

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