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Old 12-25-2004, 09:08 PM   #1
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Annoying files being created ending with ~

I use slack 10 and KDE. I do alot of editing of web pages for this i use quanta bluefish or a text editor depedning what i need to do. now whenever i edit soemthing i notice a file is created with the same name in the same directory ending with a ~ mark. how do i make this stop becasue it is incredibly annoying. Thanks!
Old 12-25-2004, 09:12 PM   #2
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These are backup files that are created with certain programs (kedit is one) so you have a copy of what the file used to look like prior to editing. I just delete them. So long as you don't change the name of the file, they just overwrite themselves.


Kedit has an option to turn this off under the configuration option in the Kedit menu under misc. Other progs may have this option as well.

Last edited by Franklin; 12-25-2004 at 09:17 PM.
Old 12-25-2004, 09:18 PM   #3
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Open Quanta and go to Configure Editor.
Select the icon Open/Save and on the bottom you will see a check button (checked) where it reads Backup on Save. Un-check the button.
You are done.
BHY, the ~filename are backups in case you need to revert back to the original file ... just in case you want to know why they are created.

Old 12-25-2004, 10:09 PM   #4
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Obviously it's a personal choice, but speaking as one who has (unfortunately has had plenty of experience making mistakes, having those backup files around can be a lifesaver. True, it only saves the previous version of the file, but all it takes to appreciate the "~" files is to accidentally save your changes before you really wanted to. My point is that at first glance they may look like annoying clutter, but they do have an actual purpose and can be quite useful. -- J.W.

Last edited by J.W.; 12-25-2004 at 10:11 PM.
Old 12-26-2004, 12:03 AM   #5
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thank you all muchly
Old 12-26-2004, 02:51 AM   #6
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The backup files are often saving my live. In the beginning I was using rm *~, but when I started editing critical system files I noticed how useful are the backups.


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