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andrewstr 01-09-2004 04:32 PM

How to eliminate vi message--skipping 1 old session file
I use vi for editing files on a Slackware 9.1 system. Once while I was editing a file, I used CONTROL+Z to put the edit job in the background and logged out without closing vi. Now every time I edit a file, vi gives me this message <b>skipping 1 old session file</b> and then loads the file new file that I want to edit.

How can I get rid of this message?



homey 01-09-2004 05:00 PM

May be different in Slack but my Redhat box created a .swp file which you can see from the command: ls -a . You should be able to delete that to stop the message.

andrewstr 01-09-2004 05:59 PM

Thanks for the idea, but no .swp file exists on the hard drive. I checked my home directory and then used find / -name .swp but didn't find anything.

g-rod 01-10-2004 10:20 AM

The swp file is in the same directory as the original file. It is prepending with a . and postpended with .swp.

As Homey said you need to do an
ls -a *.sqp to see these files.
The -a shows the hidden files (files starting with a .).

Hope that helps

lyle_s 01-10-2004 05:21 PM

Also, have a look in /var/tmp. There will probably a bunch of, where N is some number.

I don't know what the point of them is. They do seem to build up over time.

Get rid of those to get rid of that message.


andrewstr 01-12-2004 01:40 PM

Lyle, your suggestion worked. I found in the /var/tmp directory. I deleted it and now the message does not appear. Thank you!

rickyfromblv 03-10-2011 01:35 AM

Thx a lot
you helped me a lot, i was looking for an anwser to this problem of vi and it works deleting files en /var/tmp !!!

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