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Old 04-25-2014, 04:19 AM   #1
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Automatically save all open programs

Hello. I have had a few freezes on my computer which have led to data loss. I am wondering if there is a program which will force all my open programs to save at a given interval. I ask because many programs I run don't have that feature built in.

Old 04-26-2014, 02:34 AM   #2
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What are the programs you are using?

If you are talking about code, use an IDE for your code like netbeans or eclipse. They both have plugins which save the unsaved data after define time interval.
Old 04-26-2014, 05:09 AM   #3
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Unfortunately, each program is different so there can't be any reliable way to force them all into saving... However, most editors do have this future or at least have plugins for this future but you need to search and setup each one of them
Old 04-26-2014, 05:25 AM   #4
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I would not work around freezes that occur on a regular basis. Further to leading to data loss they may actually damage your hardware.

Have you tried to get rid of the freezes at all? In many cases it's just a matter of using a newer kernel. What kernel are you running and how recent is your hardware?

How often do the freezes occur? Often enough to do some testing in a life system with another distro and see if they still occur? That would be an easy way to test more recent kernels. If it helps you can either upgrade the kernel in your current distro or use a distro with a newer kernel.

Also: define "freeze": Is the complete OS non-responsive? Or can you switch to terminal with ctrl-alt-F1? Maybe restarting the x-server is possible? Then you wouldn't have to hard-reset the computer. Also from the command-line you may be able to mitigate data-loss in some cases...


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