I was updating a bib file using BibDesk, when the app crashed. I had not saved the file in hours. Did I just waste my morning, or does BibDesk save a temporary file somewhere while working on a bibliography, sort of like Office apps do?

I failed to locate such a file (Googling did not help), so I killed BibDesk hoping that a crash recovery wizard would come up at restart... but of course not, there is nothing like that.

  • I guess this depends on the OS you're running.
    – egreg
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 11:30
  • usually in ~\Library\Application Support. you can get there by Terminal or Go to folder
    – naphaneal
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 15:43
  • Have you tried to re-open the file? What OS version are you using? Unless you disabled it you may be able to recover the work since the OS auto-saves files. Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 18:27
  • I was using Mac OS X (El Capitan), I had already checked that Library folder, and the file was not auto-saved, unfortunately. But thank you all
    – fudo
    Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 17:09

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If you have enabled the option to "Automatically save a backup document every n minutes" in BibDesk's "Opening and Saving" preference pane (accessed via the menu item BibDesk > Preferences...), then BibDesk will automatically save a backup copy of any changed open bib file every n minutes (where n >= 5) in the same folder as the open file with "(Autosaved)" appended to the filename.

If you have not enabled this option, then it would be a good idea to save open bib files after every change, to avoid losing work in case the app crashes, because unsaved changes are held in RAM.

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