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bug#25478: [PATCH] Reimplement auto-saving to visited files


From: Philipp Stephani
Subject: bug#25478: [PATCH] Reimplement auto-saving to visited files
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:49:09 +0200

This reacts to confusing behavior of 'auto-save-visited-file-name',
cf. Bug#25478.

* lisp/files.el (auto-save-visited-interval): New customization option.
(auto-save-visited-mode): New global minor mode.
(auto-save-visited-file-name): Make obsolete.
(auto-save--timer): New internal helper variable.

* doc/emacs/files.texi (Auto Save Files): Document
'auto-save-visited-mode' instead of obsolete
'auto-save-visited-file-name'.
(Auto Save Control): Document customization option
'auto-save-visited-interval'.
---
 doc/emacs/files.texi | 29 ++++++++++++++++++++++-------
 etc/NEWS             |  6 ++++++
 lisp/files.el        | 40 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 3 files changed, 68 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/doc/emacs/files.texi b/doc/emacs/files.texi
index ed17f66ca2..55eda00d0c 100644
--- a/doc/emacs/files.texi
+++ b/doc/emacs/files.texi
@@ -1040,14 +1040,23 @@ Auto Save Files
 this happens, save the buffer with @kbd{C-x C-s}, or use @kbd{C-u 1 M-x
 auto-save-mode}.
 
address@hidden auto-save-visited-file-name
address@hidden auto-save-visited-mode
   If you want auto-saving to be done in the visited file rather than
-in a separate auto-save file, set the variable
address@hidden to a address@hidden value.  In this
-mode, auto-saving is very similar to explicit saving.  However,
-differences still exist, in particular for modes which modify the
-buffer-saving process in non-trivial ways via various hooks
-(@pxref{Saving Buffers,,, elisp, The Emacs Lisp Reference Manual}).
+in a separate auto-save file, enable the global minor mode
address@hidden  In this mode, auto-saving is identical
+to explicit saving.  Note that this mode is orthogonal to the
address@hidden mode described above; you can enable both at the same
+time.  However, if @code{auto-save} mode is active in some buffer and
+the obsolete @code{auto-save-visited-file-name} variable is set to a
address@hidden value, that buffer won't be affected by
address@hidden
+
+  You can use the variable @code{auto-save-visited-interval} to
+customize the interval between auto-save operations in
address@hidden; by default it's five seconds.
address@hidden and @code{auto-save-timeout} have no effect
+on @code{auto-save-visited-mode}.  See @xref{Auto Save Control} for
+details on these variables.
 
 @vindex delete-auto-save-files
   A buffer's auto-save file is deleted when you save the buffer in its
@@ -1091,6 +1100,12 @@ Auto Save Control
 a while; second, it may avoid some auto-saving while you are actually
 typing.
 
address@hidden auto-save-visited-interval
+  When @code{auto-save-visited-mode} is enabled, Emacs will auto-save
+file-visiting buffers after five seconds of idle time.  You can
+customize the variable @code{auto-save-visited-interval} to change the
+idle time interval.
+
   Emacs also does auto-saving whenever it gets a fatal error.  This
 includes killing the Emacs job with a shell command such as @samp{kill
 %emacs}, or disconnecting a phone line or network connection.
diff --git a/etc/NEWS b/etc/NEWS
index 9d4c72d6dc..173c4e466b 100644
--- a/etc/NEWS
+++ b/etc/NEWS
@@ -383,6 +383,12 @@ Strings such as ΌΣΟΣ are now correctly converted to Όσος 
when
 capitalized instead of incorrect Όσοσ (compare lowercase sigma at the
 end of the word).
 
+** Emacs can now auto-save buffers to visited files in a more robust
+manner via the new mode 'auto-save-visited-mode'.  Unlike
+'auto-save-visited-file-name', this mode uses the normal saving
+procedure and therefore obeys saving hooks.
+'auto-save-visited-file-name' is now obsolete.
+
 
 * Changes in Specialized Modes and Packages in Emacs 26.1
 
diff --git a/lisp/files.el b/lisp/files.el
index 6848818cad..d3958b5643 100644
--- a/lisp/files.el
+++ b/lisp/files.el
@@ -393,6 +393,46 @@ auto-save-file-name-transforms
   :initialize 'custom-initialize-delay
   :version "21.1")
 
+(defvar auto-save--timer nil "Timer for `auto-save-visited-mode'.")
+
+(defcustom auto-save-visited-interval 5
+  "Interval in seconds for `auto-save-visited-mode'.
+If `auto-save-visited-mode' is enabled, Emacs will save all
+buffers visiting a file to the visited file after it has been
+idle for `auto-save-visited-interval' seconds."
+  :group 'auto-save
+  :type 'number
+  :version "26.1"
+  :set (lambda (symbol value)
+         (set-default symbol value)
+         (when auto-save--timer
+           (timer-set-idle-time auto-save--timer value :repeat))))
+
+(define-minor-mode auto-save-visited-mode
+  "Toggle automatic saving to file-visiting buffers on or off.
+With a prefix argument ARG, enable regular saving of all buffers
+visiting a file if ARG is positive, and disable it otherwise.
+Unlike `auto-save-mode', this mode will auto-save buffer contents
+to the visited files directly and will also run all save-related
+hooks.  See Info node `Saving' for details of the save process.
+
+If called from Lisp, enable the mode if ARG is omitted or nil,
+and toggle it if ARG is `toggle'."
+  :group 'auto-save
+  :global t
+  (when auto-save--timer (kill-timer auto-save--timer))
+  (setq auto-save--timer
+        (when auto-save-visited-mode
+          (run-with-idle-timer
+           auto-save-visited-interval :repeat
+           #'save-some-buffers :no-prompt
+           (lambda ()
+             (not (and buffer-auto-save-file-name
+                       auto-save-visited-file-name)))))))
+
+(make-obsolete-variable 'auto-save-visited-file-name 'auto-save-visited-mode
+                        "Emacs 26.1")
+
 (defcustom save-abbrevs t
   "Non-nil means save word abbrevs too when files are saved.
 If `silently', don't ask the user before saving."
-- 
2.12.2






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