I use Kate for coding and note-taking. Sometimes it crashes - often when I've got a lot open. Unsaved 'real' documents (eg, ones backed by files, that have been saved at some point) usually have a backup/autosave type recovery file, that more-or-less works. Unfortunately, I've gotten in the habit of using untitled buffers (eg, pressing Ctrln in Kate) to store temporary notes.

Kate just crashed and I lost half a dozen of these. Does Kate store backups for 'new' files anywhere? I checked, ~/.kde/share/apps/kate/ and didn't see anything obvious ...

kate-editor 3.8.5
KDE 4.8.5
Ubuntu 12.04 (Don't remember if Kubuntu or Ubuntu + KDE, in case that makes a difference)
  • What made you think it's possible to recover? – daisy Mar 25 '13 at 8:09
  • How do I not have 'tumbleweed' for this? (I'd prefer an answer, just sayin ....) – hunter2 May 29 '13 at 7:48
  • Best place to ask for this feature is kde's bugzilla. – sendmoreinfo Jun 6 '13 at 21:12
  • Maybe, or Kate's or (K)Ubuntu's. Unless you had a specific link? – hunter2 Jun 7 '13 at 5:00
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    Yeah, guess I didn't catch what you meant - I was asking if this is an extant feature, not asking for it to be added. And, although it seems like it would be an easy one to add (the buffer is already somewhere, right?), for my purposes I think breaking a dumb habit is easier than submitting a feature request on this one. – hunter2 Jul 1 '13 at 9:49

Being one of the Kate Developers, I can explain the workflow like this:

When Kate or the system crashes, you loose all text buffers that were never saved. However, if you are working on a text file (that exists as file on disk), a swap file is created next to the file, called .filename.kate-swp. Now, if Kate starts again, Kate searches for these swap files. If found it replicates all edit actions that were recorded in this swap file, and your data is fully restored.

Rule of thumb: Always (and I repeat: alawys) work with files, not unsaved text buffers. That is good practice with everything you do on a Computer.

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    Accepting this A, b/c I think you're confirming that I can not do what I asked (that I lose "all text buffers that were never saved"). Yes, it was a bad habit/practice, which I've mostly stopped doing. – hunter2 Jul 19 '14 at 15:10

Without knowing anything about Kate in particular, I found [1] for vim. Both being unix programs, could there be something similar there?

(Just found similar unnamed file usage of another user.)

My sources:


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  • Yes, there could, and that's what I am/was hoping for. But they are entirely different programs, and the answers there do not seem to apply here. I tried to test what it said there (in particular, I hadn't seen "~/tmp/" before), with no luck. If you'd like, add more detail ... (Is there a specific reason to think one of those dirs works (and I'm blind - quite possible), or that KATE has a recovery feature I missed?) – hunter2 Jul 26 '13 at 3:42
  • 'Of course' I no longer have the original situation, nor am I in a hurry to replicate it. This time, my test was to create new buffers, put some gibberish in them, and check the directories mentioned. // (Although it would always be good to have the answer, the original situation was a few months ago, now, and I've tried to simply not let it happen again - at least take notes in a file that exists in a known location.) – hunter2 Jul 26 '13 at 3:47
  • Unfortunately, I don't have more knowledge on these programs. I just happened to find that post that somehow related. Bad luck that it did not serve the answer still. – mico Jul 26 '13 at 4:42

first of all make all files visible (I mean hidden files) and try to search in the same dir files with "~" or like that.

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  • Perhaps you could explain how? – slm Jan 7 '14 at 23:42

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