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    Default Interesting file

    I just ran across a hidden file in my home directory called ".backup" and don't have any idea what its purpose is. I'm sure it's benign, but it's driving me crazy.

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    -rw-r--r--  1 tux  users 6997400 2011-05-08 07:16 .backup
    I can't think of what I might have been doing back in May that might have created this file. I thought it might be an archive, but tar and gzip don't recognize it as a valid tarball. I've renamed it and tried several things that might recreate it but nada. Does anyone else have this? Any guess what it's for? I'm using Gnome 2 on openSUSE 11.3.

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    Default Re: Interesting file

    On 07/16/2011 06:36 PM, chief sealth wrote:
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    > Any guess what it's for? I'm using Gnome 2 on openSUSE 11.3.


    why not open it in a text file editor and see what is inside..

    Alt+F2 and type in

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    gedit ~/.backup
    or whatever you renamed it to, should open it right up....six MB to look
    through...

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    Use the "file" command to determine the file type (file ~/.backup).
    What is in it (less ~/.backup)?

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    Default Re: Interesting file

    gedit doesn't recognize the encoding. file detects a "data" file.

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    Default Re: Interesting file

    Maybe the strings command does give you a hint.
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    Default Re: Interesting file

    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    Maybe the strings command does give you a hint.
    That's interesting. Not much help in this case, though, just jibberish. It appears to be a binary file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chief_sealth View Post
    That's interesting. Not much help in this case, though, just jibberish. It appears to be a binary file.
    As are all computer files . But it seems that the groupings of 8 consecutive binary digits (bits), called bytes, when interpreted as characters encoded following the ASCII standard do not give much understandable text.

    I should say, keep it save under another name for the time being and see if some applications are missing or recreating it. Make a note to delete in a year when nothing shows up and then make a note in your "Things I never understood" booklet.
    Henk van Velden

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