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Re: Creating automatic filename stamps

From: Alan E. Davis
Subject: Re: Creating automatic filename stamps
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2018 00:03:22 -0800


Thank you for that pointer.  I haven't gotten far in running this down, but
I have discovered that the file you pointed to is different the another
time-stamp.el I have in my cache of old *.el files.  It is very similar,
but that one was written by Stephen Gildea, and it includes a format
parameter for the file name, or even   full-path file name of the current
file.  What I would like to do with this is make some changes so that the
current stamp is copied to another (possilby the next) line, before
updating.  If this is well designed, I would be able to track down changes
after the name of the file has been changes.  This has bee useful to me,
many times.

I will continue to fiddle with what I have.  The old verson of
time-stamp.el may or may not be the current canonical implementation.  I
don't know.  Yet.  I do not wish to attach the file I have, dated 2011, but
marked as copyright 2010.  I can provide that file on demand, with the
understanding it is not guaranteed to be the original file, but I don't
believe I have made changes of any consequence.  I does allow definition of
a time stamp format that inserts the file name.


On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 12:45 PM Drew Adams <> wrote:

> > Some years ago---in the early 90s---I was working on a project with a
> > number of files, moving files around and renaming.  I was able to cobble
> > together an elisp function to duplicate and extend the time-stamp
> > functionality, to good effect, to help me keep track of the sources of
> > changes.
> >
> >    - Time-stamp the flle
> >    - Duplicate the previous time-stamp on the next line, (possibly in a
> > list)
> >    - "File-stamp": record the current file name
> >    -  Add the previous filename on the previous line, possibly as the
> head
> > of a list of all previous names for this file.
> Does this page help?

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