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I have discovered today a strange 104 Mb file into my home directory, named "tags" with the following top content:
!_TAG_FILE_FORMAT 2 /extended format; --format=1 will not append ;" to lines/
!_TAG_FILE_SORTED 1 /0=unsorted, 1=sorted, 2=foldcase/
!_TAG_PROGRAM_AUTHOR Darren Hiebert /firstname.lastname@example.org/
!_TAG_PROGRAM_NAME Exuberant Ctags //
!_TAG_PROGRAM_URL http://ctags.sourceforge.net /official site/
!_TAG_PROGRAM_VERSION 5.8 //
The file seems to be a ASCII file because i see normal characters in it. It seems to contain some source code concatenated together, from different locations.
Apparently was created by ctag program, as the header says, but i didn't ever install this program. It is first time i have heard about it.
Thanks. But how does this file got to be created, even more with this large size - 104 Mb? More, without knowing about?
If you run: "ctags -R" from your home directory, it will traverse your entire home tree, looking for source code files, and will make one big "tags" file in your $HOME for all of them. I'm not saying this is how it got there, but it is one way it could happen. Did you check the date/time created of "tags"? That's what I do whenever I come across a mystery file...
i am thinking about the possibility, now that i know that ctags comes from the vim packet, that i accidentally triggered it from vim, with some key combinations. Of course there are others possibilities like being ran by some program that i installed recently, that does some background tasks, without asking