gedit-autoname automatically names new files so you don't have to, replacing
gedit's "Untitled Document 1" with automatically generated filenames.
When you open a new window or tab it'll open a file named
~/Desktop/Untitled YYYYMMDDHHMMSS.txt, instead of the default behavior of opening an unnamed file and requiring you to pick a file name when you try to save it.
You won't be asked for a filename when you save the file, it'll just save it to
You can still use Save As… if you want to rename the file yourself.
Date and time suffixes are used so the filenames never conflict.
Gedit's autosaving will be working immediately as soon as you open a new window or tab, so you'll never be at risk of losing any work (normally it doesn't start autosaving an untitled document until you've saved it once manually, and chosen a filename).
You have to enable autosaving under Preferences → Editor → File Saving. Or better, install my gedit-smart-autosave plugin for faster autosaving.
When you save a file it will be renamed based on the first line of the file.
You end up with filenames like
~/Desktop/My Pancake Recipe YYYYMMDDHHMMSS.txt, so you can tell what the contents of each file are from the filename.
The title is derived from the first non-blank line of the file, truncated and with non-ASCII characters and extraneous whitespace removed. This works well with headings from markdown and similar markup languages, or simply with files that use the opening line as a title. If your file doesn't contain a title as such then the first line of text usually provides a reasonable preview of the contents.
This enables a fast plain text note-taking flow: launch gedit (I have
gedit --new-windowbound to Super + g), type or paste in some notes, save the file (Ctrl + s), quit gedit (Ctrl + q). Each note will be saved with a sensible filename, and you never have to choose a filename yourself. No popup dialogs from gedit either. With gedit-smart-autosave you don't even need the Ctrl + s.
If the file is empty when you save it, the file will be deleted.
So you don't end up with empty
~/Desktop/Untitled YYYYMMDDHHMMSS.txtfiles lying around.
You can also cause the plugin to delete a file by opening it, deleting all its contents, saving, and closing the file.
It will only rename and delete files that match the
~/Desktop/* YYYYMMDDHHMMSS.txtpattern, so it won't touch files you've named yourself.
$ mkdir -p ~/.local/share/gedit/plugins $ git clone https://github.com/seanh/gedit-autoname.git ~/.local/share/gedit/plugins/gedit-autoname
Then in gedit go to Preferences → Plugins and enable the Autoname plugin.
When creating a
~/Desktop/Untitled YYYYMMDDHHMMSS.txtfile it should check whether the file already exists and append
2etc to the filename as necessary.
The directory where new files are created (
~/Desktop) should be configurable.