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Old 06-16-2004, 06:41 AM   #1
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howto get rid of files with ~ appended

I wonder how to get rid of those annoying files which appear after appending new text to an file. I mean it's nice to have the chance to undo changes but, it bloats the hd.

joe something.txt
something.txt something.txt~

Would be nice if someone could help especially because I can't figure out an google search term which returns anything useful.

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Old 06-16-2004, 08:19 AM   #2
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Do you want to stop the backup action from occurring. Or just delete the file when you notice it?

If you just want to remove the file
rm filename.txt~
will do it. No sure of disabling the feature altogether.
Old 06-16-2004, 10:19 AM   #3
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If you don't want your editor to make backup copies by default, you can tell it not to. If you're using a graphical interface, like Kate for example, check in the program's Preferences. Every program I've looked at has an option to turn off automatic backup.

If you're using a terminal based editor, like Joe of Vi, then check their man pages. You can add a line to their rc files to make them stop backups.
Old 06-16-2004, 10:45 AM   #4
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Thanks i'm feeling so dumb right now


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