[texworks] Please help!
murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 17:25:31 CEST 2014
On 06/04/2014 9:44 PM, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> On 2014-04-06 at 18:25:08 -0400, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> > On 06/04/2014, 5:07 PM, Dona Strauss wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi! I deleted material from a tex file that I had not intended
> > > to delete. Is there any way of recovering it?
> > Get it from your backup.
> > Remember the two laws of computing:
> > 1. Back it up.
> > 2. Do it now.
> Right. Seems to be too late now. A deleted file can probably be
> recovered but a changed file can't because it's overwritten. Phil
> mentioned "System Restore" which is certainly a Windows tool but I
> don't know what it actually does.
> However, what you said sounds reasonable but nobody backups his system
> if it's too inconvenient. What you said is often easier said than done.
On MacOS it's very easy. I imagine it's just as easy on Windows with
the right additional software, but Windows doesn't come with that software.
> I strongly recommend to use a version control system. My favorite is
> The advantage of Subversion is that you can submit the current state
> of your files to the repository easily at any time. If you encounter
> a problem, you can retrieve any revision, not only the last one.
Yes, I use Subversion as well, on Windows, MacOS and Linux. I back up
the repositories to my Mac.
> Don't worry about the documentation. It's quite verbose but you don't
> have to know everything explained there in order to use svn efficiently.
> On Windows you have to use
> because Windows still lacks a clear concept of input encodings. The
> rest of the world is using UTF-8 for decades.
I don't think TortoiseSVN is required, but it definitely makes it nice
to use Subversion. I wish there were an equivalent on the Mac.
Marcin mentioned Git and Mercurial. I've never tried Mercurial; I tried
Git, and really hated it. Subversion has a simpler model: one central
repository, every revision with a sequential revision number, instead of
every checked out copy having its own subset of revisions from a
not-so-well-defined cloud of revisions. It's not easy to get
not-very-technical collaborators to use Subversion; Git was a complete
failure in this.
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