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Re: autosave

From: Peter Blicher
Subject: Re: autosave
Date: Sun, 9 Jun 2002 12:53:24 -0400 (EDT)

   Date: Sun, 9 Jun 2002 09:19:03 -0600 (MDT)
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       When unable to create (or write to?) some autosave dir .emacs.d or below,
       retries forever.  This occurred when I was running with a home dir that I
       couldn't write to (because I was root on a different machine).  Never had
       this problem in versions 20.4 and before.

   Would you please supply a precise test case so we can reproduce this?
   Please read the Bugs section in the Emacs manual, which provides
   guidelines on how to write a bug report to give us the
   necessary information so we can fix the bug.

I've read the bugs sections many times over many years.  This was the best I
could do under the circumstances.  If I get time, I will try to get you
better info.  

However, if someone sent me such a bug report, what I would do is take a look
at the code that does auto-save, and see what it does when it tries to create
or access the directories mentioned.  If that code has changed since the
previous major release, I would take a closer look.  I would consider what
would happen if it did not have adequate permissions for places it wanted to
write to or create or check the existence of directories in.


A. Peter Blicher        NEC Research Institute
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