Saving a buffer in Emacs means writing its contents back into the file that was visited in the buffer.
When you wish to save the file and make your changes permanent, type
C-x C-s (
save-buffer). After saving is finished, C-x C-s
displays a message like this:
If the selected buffer is not modified (no changes have been made in it since the buffer was created or last saved), saving is not really done, because it would have no effect. Instead, C-x C-s displays a message like this in the echo area:
(No changes need to be saved)
The command C-x s (
save-some-buffers) offers to save any
or all modified buffers. It asks you what to do with each buffer. The
possible responses are analogous to those of
save-some-bufferswithout any more saving.
save-some-bufferswithout even asking about other buffers.
save-some-buffers, which asks the question again.
C-x C-c, the key sequence to exit Emacs, invokes
save-some-buffers and therefore asks the same questions.
If you have changed a buffer but you do not want to save the changes,
you should take some action to prevent it. Otherwise, each time you use
C-x s or C-x C-c, you are liable to save this buffer by
mistake. One thing you can do is type M-~ (
which clears out the indication that the buffer is modified. If you do
this, none of the save commands will believe that the buffer needs to be
saved. (`~' is often used as a mathematical symbol for `not'; thus
M-~ is `not', metafied.) You could also use
set-visited-file-name (see below) to mark the buffer as visiting
a different file name, one which is not in use for anything important.
Alternatively, you can cancel all the changes made since the file was
visited or saved, by reading the text from the file again. This is
called reverting. See section Reverting a Buffer. You could also undo all the
changes by repeating the undo command C-x u until you have undone
all the changes; but reverting is easier.
M-x set-visited-file-name alters the name of the file that the
current buffer is visiting. It reads the new file name using the
minibuffer. Then it specifies the visited file name and changes the
buffer name correspondingly (as long as the new name is not in use).
set-visited-file-name does not save the buffer in the newly
visited file; it just alters the records inside Emacs in case you do
save later. It also marks the buffer as "modified" so that C-x
C-s in that buffer will save.
If you wish to mark the buffer as visiting a different file and save it
right away, use C-x C-w (
write-file). It is precisely
set-visited-file-name followed by C-x C-s.
C-x C-s used on a buffer that is not visiting a file has the
same effect as C-x C-w; that is, it reads a file name, marks the
buffer as visiting that file, and saves it there. The default file name in
a buffer that is not visiting a file is made by combining the buffer name
with the buffer's default directory.
If the new file name implies a major mode, then C-x C-w switches
to that major mode, in most cases. The command
set-visited-file-name also does this. See section How Major Modes are Chosen.
If Emacs is about to save a file and sees that the date of the latest version on disk does not match what Emacs last read or wrote, Emacs notifies you of this fact, because it probably indicates a problem caused by simultaneous editing and requires your immediate attention. See section Protection against Simultaneous Editing.
If the variable
require-final-newline is non-
puts a newline at the end of any file that doesn't already end in one,
every time a file is saved or written. The default is
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