Emacs Init: Restore Opened Files (desktop-save-mode)

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

emacs has desktop-save-mode. When on, it save and restore all previously opened files in last emacs session, and also previous windows configuration (size, position, etc.)

Put this in your Emacs Init File:

;; 2023-09-16
;; Restore Opened Files
  (desktop-save-mode 1)
  ;; save when quit
  (setq desktop-save t)

  ;; no ask if crashed
  (setq desktop-load-locked-desktop t)

  (setq desktop-restore-frames t)

  (setq desktop-auto-save-timeout 300)

  ;; save some global vars
  (setq desktop-globals-to-save nil)
  ;; 2023-09-16 default
  ;; '(desktop-missing-file-warning tags-file-name tags-table-list search-ring regexp-search-ring register-alist file-name-history)

Starting Emacs Without Opening Last Session's Files

To start emacs without opening last session's files, start it by:

emacs --no-desktop

This is useful when you have a corrupted desktop file.

Desktop File Path Location

By default, the temp file used by emacs to store your “desktop” status is at ~/.emacs.d/.emacs.desktop.

The desktop file path is controlled by the variable desktop-dirname and desktop-base-file-name.

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