bugGNU TeXmacs - Bugs: bug #61776, Read-only mode


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bug #61776: Read-only mode

Submitter:  jadelight
Submitted:  Sat 08 Jan 2022 05:49:24 PM UTC
Category:  Editor Priority:  5 - Normal
Item Group:  Wishlist Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Open/Closed:  Open
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Sun 06 Feb 2022 02:53:42 PM UTC, comment #2: 

If I understand the idea, the user should not be allowed to modify (by default) certain open documents like the manual, or the standard style files. This makes sense to me, to avoid the risk of overwriting the documentation with garbage. There should be an option to disable the protection if needed, but this would require an explicit accord of the user. I guess such a protection would hold for all the files in $TEXMACS_PATH, for example.

Massimiliano Gubinelli <mgubi>
Project Administrator
Sun 06 Feb 2022 01:03:42 PM UTC, comment #1: 

Can you explain how that read-only mode should operate, according to you?

More generally, the need to protect files from unwanted changes is not specific to TeXmacs and there are already several options:

-make files read-only in your filesystem. Simple and effective. This technique is actually used in the officially distributed TeXmacs packages, making the documentation read-only for normal users, indeed. So, you can try anything you want right inside the documentation, such changes cannot be saved inadvertently (provided you run TeXmmacs with a regular user account).

-have an automated backup you can restore your files from. A life saver!

-setup a versioning system for the files you work on. 

Philippe Joyez <pjoyez>
Project Member
Sat 08 Jan 2022 05:49:24 PM UTC, original submission:  

In learning TeXmacs, I check the included manual frequently. I’d like a read-only mode so that the file will not be modified accidentally. This mode may also be useful for viewing documents or style files created by others.



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