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A wish, a plea

From: Hacksaw
Subject: A wish, a plea
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 23:49:53 -0400
User-agent: Thunderbird (Macintosh/20070604)

Maybe this is the wrong place for this, but I'm kind of upset.

See, I use Emacs to write (duh!), and I do a lot of it. If I get an idea, I write it down quickly, so I can develop it at my leisure.

Mostly I write fiction.

This is important becuase if I'm writing C or Python, I think about the file name first.

When I'm writing fiction, I'm thinking about the story.

So I started writing, and I wrote for quite a while, it was really flowing well, and I thought, hey, I should save, because I don't want to lose this, but in my reverie, I hit the ^X^C first.

And I was writing in the scratch buffer.

I bet if we took a poll, the number of emacs users who actually use the scratch buffer for it's intended usage is very, very low. Most either find a file, or open a new one.

But I wasn't in programming mode, so I was in scratch, and lost everything I was writing, because scratch isn't backed up by anything.

I'd be happy with a lisp snippet that made it so that scratch never showed up again. I can make a lisp-interactive mode file if I want it. In fact, when I do anything with lisp, I make a test file, and turn it to lisp interactive.

But my real wish is that *scratch* would just go away. IMHO, it's usefulness is limited. And the chances that something important gets lost because of a careless keystroke is too high.

Please help a poor writer?

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