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Re: .#* lock files under X, for files I edit???

On 5/21/2009 1:04 PM, Marc Girod wrote:
Ken Brown-6 wrote:
They should disappear each time you save the file you're editing.

Well, they don't.
The content was slightly blurred, because of my using html format
and forgetting to escape <> characters. As well as a couple of tags.

I'm puzzled as I look at your first post again, because emacs file locks are symbolic links. Your post shows that the files are ordinary files containing the string '<symlink>'. This suggests that you're working in an environment that doesn't recognize cygwin symlinks. Could that somehow explain why they aren't being deleted when you save the file?

According to the emacs documentation:

   When you make the first modification in an Emacs buffer that is
visiting a file, Emacs records that the file is "locked" by you.  (It
does this by creating a specially-named symbolic link in the same
directory.)  Emacs removes the lock when you save the changes.

Here's an example of an emacs file lock on my system, while I'm editing 'diary':

lrwxrwxrwx 1 kbrown None 18 May 21 13:15 .#diary -> kbrown@markov.5828

5828 is the PID of my emacs process. As soon as I save the file, the symbolic link disappears.


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