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Why is renaming (rather than copying) the default way to create backup files?

The documentation on backup file creation, Copying vs. Renaming, makes it sound like copying is the more sensible choice. file owner and group remain unchanged hard links remain associated with the ...
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Keeping multiple back-ups

The below settings in my .emacs make emacs (24.3) save multiple back-ups. (setq delete-old-versions t kept-new-versions 6 kept-old-versions 2 version-control t) However, I have ...
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How to disable tramp autosave and backups, but keep other backups/autosave?

I'd like to disable autosaves and backups when using tramp, because I neither want to save stuff from remote machines nor stuff belonging to root in my backup/autosave directory. How to do that? I ...
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automatically backup before revert

I would like to backup buffers before they are (auto) reverted. This is nontrivial because the file a buffer is visiting isn't current, and the backup system normally works by duplicating the file ...