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Re: Proposed patch: allow user to disable lockfile creation

From: Dave Abrahams
Subject: Re: Proposed patch: allow user to disable lockfile creation
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 12:25:10 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.110018 (No Gnus v0.18) Emacs/23.3 (darwin)

on Wed Jul 27 2011, Andreas Schwab <schwab-AT-linux-m68k.org> wrote:

> Dave Abrahams <address@hidden> writes:
>> Those symlinks that emacs creates to help avoid collisions between users
>> editing simultaneously cause me lots of pain and no gain
> Can you expand?

Sure; for example, I have various tools that crawl the filesystem
looking for specially-named files, and when they operate on these
partially-complete files, it causes random trouble.  Sometimes it's
visible trouble, but sometimes it isn't (and invisible trouble is
worse).  Plus, they're annoying and distracting to look at in dired
buffers and the like.

On the other hand, I never collaboratively edit the same file as someone
else, and I use global-auto-revert-mode so that if I'm doing it in two
different emacs sessions, they stay in synch or I'm warned.

For me, the lockfiles offer no benefits and significant drawbacks.

Dave Abrahams
BoostPro Computing

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