I recently upgraded to Emacs 26.3 from a much older version of Emacs (22.x). One of the many changes I've noticed with Emacs 26.3 is that the ~/.emacs.d/auto-save-list/.saves-PID-HOSTNAME~ files are being deleted even when the emacs process is terminated with a SIGHUP, such as when I lose my connection to the remote server where Emacs is running. Is there a way to prevent that? I only want the ~/.emacs.d/auto-save-list/.saves-PID-HOSTNAME~ file to be deleted if I intentionally quit Emacs. That is how it worked in older versions of Emacs.

I rely on the existence of the ~/.emacs.d/auto-save-list/.saves-PID-HOSTNAME~ file to restore my session (i.e., re-open all of the files I had opened previously) whenever my emacs process is terminated. I have a restart-session.el that I've been using for over a decade that does this.

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    – Ed Sabol
    Commented Feb 25, 2020 at 2:08

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I looked through the code, and it's not possible. I submitted a bug report to the Emacs developers about this (bug#39791), but the one that replied didn't seem inclined to agree with me that ~/.emacs.d/auto-save-list/.saves-PID-HOSTNAME~ files should be retained on SIGHUP. Another developer suggested I try desktop-save-mode instead of relying on these files to restore my terminated sessions.

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