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

Ken Brown kbrown@cornell.edu
Thu May 21 18:02:00 GMT 2009

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 

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

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


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