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Re: <filename> changed on disk; really edit the buffer?

From: Hallvard B Furuseth
Subject: Re: <filename> changed on disk; really edit the buffer?
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 21:15:40 +0100

Richard Stallman writes:
>     (...) The only useful situation I can imagine for having a
>     separate file for auto-saving is if the System, Machine or
>     Application crashes while emacs does autosaving.
> Actually that's the principal purpose of autosaving.

Auto-save has a misleading name, it sounds like it saves to the original
file.  Might be a bit late to rename it, but the related variables and
functions could use some clarifications in the doc strings.

And Info node (emacs)Auto Save might mention "to another file" right up
front, even if menu item "Files: Auto Save Files" is quite a clue if one
does not read further.


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