[OS X Emacs] Mysterious Autosave Link?

Ken Mankoff mankoff at gmail.com
Tue May 20 18:28:56 EDT 2014

That file is just a way for emacs to check if another emacs process is editing the same file. 

Please excuse brevity. Sent from pocket computer with tiny non-haptic feedback keyboard. It encoded the user, host, and maybe process ID. 

Emacs does support auto saving. If I kill emacs while something is unsaved, when I reopen the file, I'm warned and prompted to restore latest version. I can get you that config later if you want when at my computer. 


> On May 20, 2014, at 12:57, <hosack at alumni.caltech.edu> wrote:
> Hello,
> During a mac sleep I lost power, and after a reboot the most
> recent portion of an  Aquamacs file was missing.
> In the directory a "ls -alt" showed a new link:
>    .#file_name.txt -> john at johns-mac-mini.200
> Hoping that this might contain the most recent file additions,
> I tried to access the file with editors and "cat", but all failed with
> messages such as "no such file"  or "cannot be found".
> I checked:
>    ~/Library/Caches/Aquamacs Emacs/AutoSave
>    ~/.emacs.d
> these had nothing relevant.
> My environment  is mac mini OS X 10.9.3; Aquamacs 3.0a.
> Any suggestions or explanation about this?
> Thanks,
> John
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