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bug#5512: Automatically saving and restoring an Emacs session in GNOME


From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: bug#5512: Automatically saving and restoring an Emacs session in GNOME
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2010 17:47:04 +0000

On 9 February 2010 10:02, Jan Djärv <address@hidden> wrote:
> Anyway, you have session suport compiled in and Emacs talks to
> the session manager.
>
> Do you have a directory ~/.emacs.d and is it writable?

Yes.

> If you start emacs,
> log out and then in again, do you have any session.* files in emacs.d?
> Or any ~/.emacs.session.* files?

OK, the problem seems to be a bit more complex than I thought.

If I close down all my programs, log out, log in, start Emacs, then
log out and back in, everything works, and my session is restored.

If however I try to log out from a long-running session, GNOME says "A
program is still running: Emacs", and offers me the choice to log out
anyway, or to cancel the log-out action. If I ignore the warning and
log out anyway, then indeed the Emacs session is restored when I log
back in.

So in fact, my problem is really: why sometimes does Emacs refuse to
be killed? I tried for example starting an emacs client session, but
that didn't seem to trigger this problem.

In summary, it's a minor annoyance now that I understand what is going
on better, but it would be nice to work out why Emacs sometimes
refuses to die at first, althuogh it doesn't seem to matter if I just
log out anyway.

(I did come across another minor bug in the process which I'll now
file separately.)

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