When I save my any file I am working on I always see following message, I believe this is related to my unto-tree configuration.

Wrote /home/alper/.emacs.d/undo/.!home!alper!current_folder!__init__.py.~undo-tree~

[Q] Is it possible suppress this message (saving undo-tree) somehow?

My config file:

(global-undo-tree-mode 1)
(setq undo-tree-auto-save-history t)
(setq undo-tree-history-directory-alist '(("." . "~/.emacs.d/undo")))

(defmacro with-suppressed-message (&rest body)
  "Suppress new messages temporarily in the echo area and the `*Messages*' buffer while BODY is evaluated."
  (declare (indent 0))
  (let ((message-log-max nil))
    `(with-temp-message (or (current-message) "") ,@body)))

(defun save-all ()
  ;(save-some-buffers t)
  (with-suppressed-message (save-some-buffers t))
  (message "")


undo-tree-save-history calls write-region. In this example, we suppress the Wrote ... message entirely using an :around advice. Here are the steps used to verify the answer works as advertised:

STEP 1:  Launch a recent public release of Emacs 26.3 -- without any user-configuration, aka emacs -Q

STEP 2:  Download the library undo-tree, which was last updated 01/29/2020 from the following link: https://elpa.gnu.org/packages/undo-tree-0.7.4.el

STEP 3:  From within Emacs, open the newly downloaded und-tree library file and then type M-x eval-buffer

STEP 4:  Create a new file-visiting-buffer by typing M-x find-file or its keyboard shortcut equivalent C-x C-f and give it a filename using a path to a working directory (where there is nothing of critical importance); e.g., ~/Desktop/scratch.el. Assuming that the file was new, there will be a message in the echo-area as follows: (New file). Now, write the file to the hard-drive by typing M-x save-buffer or use the keyboard shortcut equivalent of C-x C-s. The message in the echo area at this point will be something similar to: Wrote /Users/HOME/Desktop/scratch.el

Step 5:  Copy the following snippets in the code-block directly below and paste them into the file-visiting-buffer described in the step immediately above; e.g., paste everything into the file-visiting-buffer ~/Desktop/scratch.el. Now, type M-x eval-buffer. Do NOT save the file at this time -- i.e., leave the file-visiting-buffer in a modified state.

(global-undo-tree-mode 1)
(setq undo-tree-auto-save-history t)
(setq undo-tree-history-directory-alist '(("." . "~/.emacs.d/undo")))

(defun my-undo-tree-save-history (undo-tree-save-history &rest args)
  (let ((message-log-max nil)
        (inhibit-message t))
    (apply undo-tree-save-history args)))

(advice-add 'undo-tree-save-history :around 'my-undo-tree-save-history)

(global-set-key [f5] (lambda ()
                       (let ((message-log-max nil)
                             (inhibit-message t))
                         (save-some-buffers t))))

STEP 6:  At this point in time, the file-visiting-buffer (e.g., ~/Desktop/scratch.el) should still be in a modified state. Now, let us test out the newly defined keyboard shortcut by pressing the f5 key. Watch the mode-line closely -- i.e., when we press the f5 key, the far-left of the mode-line will change from modified -:**- to unmodified -:---. However, we should not have seen anything appearing in the echo area related to pressing the above-mentioned key.

STEP 7:  Switch to the *Messages* buffer and see what is there:

For information about GNU Emacs and the GNU system, type C-h C-a.
You can run the command ‘eval-buffer’ with M-x ev-b RET
(New file)
Wrote /Users/HOME/Desktop/scratch.el
Mark set
You can run the command ‘eval-buffer’ with M-x ev-b RET
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  • I have added the code but still I am facing with the same issue :-( Should I remove (setq undo-tree-auto-save-history t)? – alper Aug 4 at 1:54
  • Sorry there were problems with the initial tests -- when you get a chance, please feel free to try out the latest revised answer. – lawlist Aug 4 at 4:50
  • Thank you for depth answer. I cannot use F* keys in emacs. Can I bind [f5]'s behavior into C-x C-s ? I have defined the functions as follows: gist.github.com/avatar-lavventura/… // I have tried with my emacs --daemon and it works – alper Aug 4 at 12:36
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    Here is an example of how to rebind C-x C-s to your liking and also demonstrates how to convert my lambda example into a separate function: (defun my-save-all () "My doc-string." (interactive) (let ((message-log-max nil) (inhibit-message t)) (save-some-buffers t))) (define-key ctl-x-map "\C-s" 'my-save-all) – lawlist Aug 4 at 13:03

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