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The basic unit of stored data in Unix is the "file". To edit a file,
you must tell Emacs to examine the file and prepare a buffer containing
a copy of the file's text. This is called "visiting" the file. Editing
commands apply directly to text in the buffer; that is, to the copy
inside Emacs. Your changes appear in the file itself only when you
"save" the buffer back into the file.
In addition to visiting and saving files, Emacs can delete, copy,
rename, and append to files, keep multiple versions of them, and operate
on file directories.
- File Names
- How to type and edit file name arguments.
- Visiting a file prepares Emacs to edit the file.
- Saving makes your changes permanent.
- Reverting cancels all the changes not saved.
- Auto Save
- Auto Save periodically protects against loss of data.
- File Aliases
- Handling multiple names for one file.
- Version Control
- Version control systems (RCS and SCCS).
- Listing the contents of a file directory.
- Comparing Files
- Finding where two files differ.
- Misc File Ops
- Other things you can do on files.
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