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Re: backup files for files under VC

From: Torsten Bronger
Subject: Re: backup files for files under VC
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 16:01:37 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)


David Kastrup writes:

> Torsten Bronger <address@hidden> writes:
>> David Kastrup writes:
>>> Torsten Bronger <address@hidden> writes:
>>>> David Kastrup writes:
>>>>> [...]  This decision has been made at a time where we were
>>>>> talking pretty much only about centralized versioning control
>>>>> systems, and the existence of distributed versioning control
>>>>> tips the scale even further, since local branches provide much
>>>>> better control over versioning and consistent state savings
>>>>> than backup files.
>>>> Note however that the distributed VCS'es don't store local
>>>> copies of the last revision as CVS and SVN do.
>>> Huh?  Most certainly I can check out the last revision any time
>>> from my local version control system.
>> I mean files like "thesis.tex.~1.3.~" in the same directory as your
>> working copies.
> I think you are confused.  Those aren't created by the version
> control system.  They are auxiliary files Emacs creates (or has
> the version control system create) for its own operation when it
> can't perform them otherwise.

Okay, sorry to have misled you.  But actually their origin doesn't
matter for what I tried to get across.  The typical cluttering up
that they generate in SVN working copies, and which may justify
avoiding additional eyesore by backup files, doesn't occur in


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