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


From: Cthun
Subject: Re: What's your favourite *under_publicized* editing feature ofEmacs?
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 13:11:58 -0500
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On 28/02/2011 6:38 AM, Jim Janney wrote:
Cthun<address@hidden>  writes:

On 25/02/2011 1:43 PM, Jim Janney wrote:
Anything I'm working on that would be expensive to lose goes under
version control anyway.

Then woe betide you if you ever work on, say, a novel rather than a
computer program.

I haven't written any novels, but the purpose of a version control
system is to manage text

First of all, the purpose of a version control system is to manage text that's compilable by build tools, Janney; and moreover, word processor documents are typically binary files, which version control systems cope poorly with. Subversion's diff tool will not play nicely with .doc files, Janney, and without it there is little point in using version control.

I rarely lose work due to power failures or software crashes

That is easily accomplished without using version control, Janney. Saving frequently and having a backup tool suffices for normal people.

but I often experiment with making changes that I later decide not
to use.  With a revision control system it's easy to do that and
still get back to a good version.

It's much easier to do that with COPY FOO.DOC FOO.DOC.BAK, Janney.

I could work without one, but I would have to do everything more
slowly and carefully.

Right click, drop, "copy here" is not especially slow, particularly compared to learning all of the complexities of a version control system, Janney. Version control systems have servers, clients, complex command lines for checking things in and out of them, and so on and have to be found, downloaded, installed, and configured. You need to set up your router/firewall to hide the server from the rest of the internet for security reasons. You have to set up some loopback interface port for the server to use and then point the client at 127.0.0.1:portno. You may even have to put all those numbers on every single command line to check in or check out a file, depending on the software you chose, Janney.

All of this complexity, when you could just alt, f, "save as" or right click, "copy here" or COPY FOO.DOC FOO.DOC.BAK, Janney.


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