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Old 07-09-2019, 08:51 AM   #1
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Recover Tilde Ending File

I used mv to rename an important file (an eth1 file with all of the server info) without backing it up. When I typed in the command, I saw a message saying something about swap file and crashing. After that, the content of the file was gone and I saw couple files with the ~ at the end. Does the tilde mean the file was backed up? Can I recover the file?
Old 07-09-2019, 11:29 AM   #2
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Try opening the files with ~ at the end of their name in a text editor. What do you get?
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Old 07-09-2019, 11:44 AM   #3
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I've seen Gvim (on MS Windows) save a backup of a file automatically with "~" at the end of the file name while it was editing. Is your edit session still open by chance? If so in that you could write to a separate file name.

If not, and, were it me, I'd copy that "~" suffixed file to another name completely then vi that separate name to avoid possibly overwriting it.

In general vim/vi would create the file with .swp at end of name and . at the start. If you have a .swp you can use vi -r (or vim -r) to recover what is in that .swp file. Usually if such a file exists vi/vim automatically detect it and tell you about it.
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Emacs makes temporary files with that extension. Yes. Check that file out and you can just rename it to what you want to be able to retain it. Meanwhile, it should not be going away until you open a new editor session and start making changes on the same-named original (without the tilde ending that is)

Consider configuring your editor to formally make backup files and put them into a common directory. This is what I do and it allows me to keep some number of backups, I think I chose either three or five just to protect myself, from ... myself
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