Questions tagged [auto-save]

The generic concept of automatically saving information to the disk or to a remote server, triggered by a timer or any other event inside of Emacs.

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How to place all auto-save files in a directory

I would like to put all of my auto-save files into a directory, say something like ~/.emacs-saves Based on what's written in the wiki, I came up with this: (setq backup-by-copying t ; don't ...
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untracked “.#file” in a git repository?

Q: where do untracked .#files come from when working in a git repository? When working on file example.txt in a git repository, I occasionally get an untracked file showing up in status titled .#...
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What are .#foo files?

I have placed my autosave and backup files in a single directory .emacs-saves. Backup files appear as ~foo Autosave files appear as #foo# But Emacs seems to also generate .#foo in the current ...
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Save lock-files to a directory instead of disabling them

Emacs 24 introduced the ability to disable the creation of the infamous .#file-name lock files. Evaluating the following lisp form will completely disable Emacs ability to lock files to prevent ...
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Emacs doesn't let me exit without selecting a coding system

Sometimes to speed up of opening an emacs' eshell directly from terminal (in my case from MS DOS prompt), I do emacs -Q -f eshell. But when I try to exit emacs doesn't let it, unless I give some input ...
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How to automatically save buffer after each modification without using packages

I'm using Emacs and Windows 10 and I am fairly new to both Emacs and elisp (and I am not a programmer). I'm looking for a way to automatically save a buffer immediately after any modification ...
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How can I get Emacs to save the changes automatically each X seconds?

How can I setup Emacs >= 24.4 so that it saves at least the current file I'm working on automatically, say, each 5 seconds, so that I don't have to press C-x C-s each time to save my changes?