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Re: backup method

From: Kim F. Storm
Subject: Re: backup method
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 09:30:37 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

"Eli Zaretskii" <address@hidden> writes:

>> Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 01:01:48 +0059
>> From: Han Boetes <address@hidden>
>> The default backup method is mv and then create a new file. That's
>> nice if you really want to keep the timestamp intact. But if you
>> use emacs with crontab -e you remove the tmpfile and since the
>> filedescriptor is still open your update to your cron is lost --
>> without warning. It was pretty hard to discover why this happened.
>> So I would like to suggest to  make backup by copying the default.
> So you had a very specific problem, and you are suggesting to change
> the defaults of _all_ users just because of that one problem?
> I agree with Miles: the default backup method is a very natural thing
> to do.  I don't think your special case is a reason good enough to
> change the default.  At best, it's a reason for you to customize your
> Emacs.

I agree!

I don't normally use auto-revert mode, but perhaps the default could
change if you enable auto-revert mode?

Kim F. Storm <address@hidden> http://www.cua.dk

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