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Re: huge files in ~/.emacs.d/auto-save-list/

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: huge files in ~/.emacs.d/auto-save-list/
Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 14:56:41 -0400

    >> I wonder, is the file ALL junk after a certain point?
    >> Or is the junk inserted in the middle?

    I think I saw occasional lines that looked ok, but they were few and
    far between the junk.

This is very important!  If junk is followed by valid lines,
that means the junk was output from inside the function that produces
the intended output.

So please check this carefully.  Are any of those files on backups?

    I'm going to run for a while to see if the problem reoccurs with emacs
    22.  If it does, I'll add the following change and test it.

Someone pointed out that that patch has problems; please don't try it
as written.

Anyway, it was meant to deal with the possibility that the problem
comes from writing into the stream after the end of the autosave.
If the junk is interspersed with the intended material, that's
a totally different kind of problem.

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