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Auto Save exists
- To: David A. Moon <Moon at SCRC-TENEX>
- Subject: Auto Save exists
- From: David Vinayak Wallace <Gumby at MIT-MC>
- Date: Sat ,21 Jan 84 02:33:00 EDT
- Cc: David M. J. Saslav <SAZ at MIT-OZ>, bug-zmacs at MIT-OZ
- In-reply-to: The message of 9 Jan 84 23:21-EST from David A. Moon <Moon at SCRC-TENEX>
Date: Monday, 9 January 1984, 23:21-EST
From: David A. Moon <Moon at SCRC-TENEX>
Date: Mon 9 Jan 84 15:02-EST
From: David M. J. Saslav <SAZ@MIT-OZ>
Wouldn't Auto Save Mode be a nice thing to incorporate
into ZMACS? A couple of us were griping about losing
files due to system crashes, and I got "volunteered" to
mail the request to see if anything could be done.
Auto Save mode in Emacs forces you to wait while the file is written
out. You don't notice this too much since you aren't writing over the
network and so the operation is reasonably fast, and also in a
timesharing system you tend to get used to occasionally pauses where the
machine stops responding for no obvious reason.
If the Lisp machine had an Auto Save mode that worked this way, which
would be easy enough to do, I'm not so sure you would like it. It could
perhaps do saving "in the background", but that would be more difficult
and also presents the possibility of getting an inconsistent snapshot of
the file if you are editing while it's saving.
Phil Agre wrote a background autosave which snapshots your buffer and
saves it away while you continue uninterrupted.