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Mathematica crashed -- where did my notebook go?
Mathematica just crashed on me in the middle of writing a program, and of course everything I had done is gone. Is there any temporary file or anything still left on the disk that contains anything of what I was working on at the time of the crash? I tried to do a bit of investigating, but could not see any open files that exist while working on a new notebook, so where does Mathematica put everything I type into a notebook until I save it? If it doesn't write anything to a file - why not? My gosh, this happens often enough to people all over the world, that I would think that Wolfram would have some sort of recovery mechanism built in, but I haven't found anything so far. How many times have customers asked for something like this? How many people think the same thing when this happens? My guess is a quite a few. So Wolfram -- add this to your list of things to put in the next version -- your customers would truly appreciate not having to recreate that program they had been working on for a couple of hours when the crash occurred and they very quickly tell themselves -- Oh CRVPPPPP!!! WHY DIDN'T I SAVE THAT FILE!!!!! Anything would be better than nothing -- why not use the disk to write the new notebook contents to while it's being developed. Yes I should have known that a crash was imminent, but my crystal ball is in the shop getting a new LED display installed ;-) If this has happened to you and you wished that Wolfram had some sort of recovery mechanism, please add your 2 cents to this post and let Wolfram know how important, we the customers, think this is (or isn't). -Bob ps -- this was on a Mac OS X 10.5.6 system with Mathematica version 7.0.1 if it matters