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Buffers that are associated with files are periodically saved (``auto-saved'')
files whose names begin and end with `#'. After a crash, you
can return yourself to the point at which the last auto-save of a
given file took place by using the following command in place of C-x C-f or C-x 4 C-f.
- M-x recover-file
- prompts for a file name, F. It then
tries to recover the contents of that file from an auto-save file
(named #F#) in
the same directory, if such a file exists and is younger than the any
file named F in the directory. After completing this command, C-x C-s will save the recovered file to F.