Mvbackupfiles - a script to "delete" back autosaved backup files

24 November 2005   1 comment   Linux

Mind that age!

This blog post is 15 years old! Most likely, its content is outdated. Especially if it's technical.

Last month I complained about how brutal the rm program in Linux was and how I cocked things up when I wanted to remove the autosaved backup files that jed creates. Here's the solution...

I created a script in ~/bin/Mvbackupfiles that looks like this:

#!/bin/sh
mv -v *~ /tmp

Now, whenever I want to clear a directory of all files like dummy.py~ or README.txt~, I just run Mvbackupfiles and I become a much happier and tidier person.

Here's what it can look like:

peterbe@trillian:~/dev/signature_hider $ ls
index.html  index.html~
peterbe@trillian:~/dev/signature_hider $ Mvbackupfiles 
`index.html~' -> `/tmp/index.html~'
peterbe@trillian:~/dev/signature_hider $ ls
index.html

Comments

Sascha Welter

Isn't there a setting to put those backup files into /tmp in the first place?

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