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Re: address@hidden: modeline doesn't divulge buffer will go bye bye]

From: Alex Schroeder
Subject: Re: address@hidden: modeline doesn't divulge buffer will go bye bye]
Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 00:01:06 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.090006 (Oort Gnus v0.06) Emacs/21.2.90 (i686-pc-linux-gnu)

Miles Bader <address@hidden> writes:

>> If they see a visible, seemingly non-temporary buffer in the
>> buffer list, they may expect that everything they type into it will be
>> auto-saved, and it will never be discarded without asking.
> Who's `they'?  As you can see, I expect just the opposite.

Heh, good point.  I guess "they" are the people that want to never
loose data; the kind of people who like to think of user-created
buffers as "documents" as some word processors do.  And "documents"
are things to be saved.

I also think that the distinction between ephemeral buffers and
persisten buffers (ie with files) is pretty hard to grasp -- we
currently do not have a good user interface for this.  Now adding a
confirmation is one way to go about it.  Yes, it is annoying, but at
least it is safe.  A visual indication on the modeline might be
better, but I fear people such as the OP who complained about missing
auto-save for the buffers he created will not be satisfied.

So perhaps we need a new variable that controls this?  "buffers are
documents" or something like that.  :)  I vote this be default t, to
protect newbies.


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