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Old 02-17-2009, 04:00 PM   #1
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File name followed by a tilde ~

Just wondering what a file name followed by a tilde means?


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this are backupfiles, created by some editors
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Nothing special really. It depends on the application that created it, it has no special meaning for linux in this context. I think that some text editors use that suffix to save backups of the files you edit.

However, when it's on the beginning of a path or a file name, ~ is usually expanded to the contents of $HOME (so, cd ~/bin is the same that cd $HOME/bin).


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