You can use the contents of an auto-save file to recover from a loss of data with the command M-x recover-file RET file RET. This visits file and then (after your confirmation) restores the contents from its auto-save file `#file#'. You can then save with C-x C-s to put the recovered text into file itself. For example, to recover file `foo.c' from its auto-save file `#foo.c#', do:
M-x recover-file RET foo.c RET yes RET C-x C-s
Before asking for confirmation, M-x recover-file displays a directory listing describing the specified file and the auto-save file, so you can compare their sizes and dates. If the auto-save file is older, M-x recover-file does not offer to read it.
If Emacs or the computer crashes, you can recover all the files you were editing from their auto save files with the command M-x recover-session. This first shows you a list of recorded interrupted sessions. Move point to the one you choose, and type C-c C-c.
recover-session asks about each of the files that were
being edited during that session, asking whether to recover that file.
If you answer y, it calls
recover-file, which works in its
normal fashion. It shows the dates of the original file and its
auto-save file, and asks once again whether to recover that file.
recover-session is done, the files you've chosen to
recover are present in Emacs buffers. You should then save them. Only
this--saving them--updates the files themselves.
Interrupted sessions are recorded for later recovery in files named
`~/.saves-pid-hostname'. The `~/.saves' portion of
these names comes from the value of
You can arrange to record sessions in a different place by setting that
variable in your `.emacs' file, but you'll have to redefine
recover-session as well to make it look in the new place. If you
nil in your
`.emacs' file, sessions are not recorded for recovery.
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