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    Default filenames with ~ on the end

    I have noticed my disk has quite a few files (of very small size ) with a ~ tacked onto the file name.

    For example email.txt~, and at the same time there would also be a email.txt file.

    What are these and can I delete them?

    Thank you.
    Regards,

    RIH5342

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    Default Re: filenames with ~ on the end

    On 2014-05-27 00:46, rih5342 wrote:
    >
    > I have noticed my disk has quite a few files (of very small size ) with
    > a ~ tacked onto the file name.


    Backups.

    They happen when you edit a file with some editors: the old version is
    renamed with a '~' at the end. In the WIndows world, it is typical to
    use .bak.

    Yes, of course you can delete them if you wish - unless you lost the
    original file and want to recover the original one.

    --
    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" at Telcontar)

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