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Re: .newsrc-dribble autosave

From: Michael Heerdegen
Subject: Re: .newsrc-dribble autosave
Date: Sun, 06 Jul 2014 22:22:31 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.92 (gnu/linux)

Alan Smaill <> writes:

> > I don't know if this behavior is intended, but it doesn't seem very
> > useful to me.
> Presumably the idea is that if you have inadvertently deleted a big
> chunk of the buffer, you should be warned before any previous backup
> gets overwritten.

That's the idea behind this feature of autosave mode, and it is useful
in general.  The question is whether it is useful for the gnus dribble
file, which the user typically doesn't edit directly.  And when gnus
exits, the autosave file is gone.  That makes it not much useful as a
tool to undo changes.

autosave is mainly intended to recover stuff after a crash.  And I
wonder if it makes sense to disable autosave in certain situations for
an automatically maintained and only internally used file.


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