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Re: [Texmacs-dev] Enerving confirmation for overwriting existing files

From: bump
Subject: Re: [Texmacs-dev] Enerving confirmation for overwriting existing files
Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2005 21:24:06 -0700

Norbert Nemec wrote:

> I'm using TeXmacs to produce LaTeX files which I then postprocess and
> translate in LaTeX. This means that I have to export a file rather often
> to compile the LaTeX and check whether the output is correct.
> It has always enerved me to have to confirm the overwriting by typing
> "yes" each time. Especially, since the status line does not exactly hit
> the eye too hard, so I often forget to reconfirm the exporting.

I agree with this message.

This is one of several cases where TeXmacs sends messages to the user
that require a response to the status line. These are easily
overlooked - sometimes I will attempt to continue editing,
wonder why TeXmacs is not responding until I figure out
that there is a message that requires a "yes or no" on the
status line. Most applications would treat these with a
popup window.

Regarding the overwriting of exported latex files, it seems to me
that the default should be to accept the overwriting, or even
to overwrite silently and create a backup. Overwriting is
invariably correct. Most applications do not require explicit
approval to overwrite an automatically generated file.

> The perfect solution would be, if TeXmacs would remember that it has
> itself written that file, and that it did not change since.

Yes, this would also make a lot of sense.

Daniel Bump

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