[IPython-User] PLEASE make autosave standard

Carl Smith carl.input@gmail....
Wed Nov 7 04:41:08 CST 2012

In all fairness Tom, if it's an easy fix, publish one. Otherwise, go easy
on people who put in a lot of years of hard work for our benefit. The
Notebook is a very new feature on the IPython timeline. Brian did some
super impressive hacking to bring it to the community, and we've all been
chuffed to bits with it ever since, but no one thinks it's close to

Go easy chap.
On Nov 7, 2012 10:25 AM, "Zoltán Vörös" <zvoros@gmail.com> wrote:

> On 11/07/2012 10:55 AM, Tom wrote:
> > The take-home message from your response is that iPython Notebooks are
> > not going to get any form of autosave or crash protection any time
> > soon, and that if there is data loss from crashes, you consider it the
> > user's fault.
> >
> > Since there hasn't been any other response to this, I assume that's
> > official iPython policy.
> >
> > Thanks for taking the time to clarify this.
> >
> > Tom
> I don't think that that is the official IPython policy, in fact, in
> https://github.com/ipython/ipython/issues/1378 this issue is flagged as
> high-priority. However, as it was pointed out in issue 1378, and as
> Matthias explained it in his e-mail, the problem is far from trivial,
> and there seems to be no solution that would cover all use cases. Also,
> you should understand that IPython is a hobby project in the sense that
> people work on it in their free time, the your problem might not be of
> the highest importance at the moment. Especially, as it was also pointed
> out several times, you can hit Cntr-S to save your work. It seems a bit
> odd that you lambast the developers for not doing more, and at the same
> time, you are reluctant to hit a single key every 10 minutes...
> On more constructive note, if you just want to have something that works
> for you, on your computer locally, then you could easily hack the
> javascript code. The easiest option would probably be to link the
> "write-to-disc" operation to the execute_selected_cell() function in
> notebook.js, and then you wouldn't even have to tamper with timers. All
> you have to do is to add  that.save_notebook(); to execute_selected_cell().
> Cheers,
> Zoltán
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