Erm... the main purpose of the 'backup' file in (g)vi(m) (which is
actually not a backup file at all but a sync'ed to disk working copy) is
that if a connection is lost to a remote server before you've saved your
changes, they're not lost. Just log in again, recover the 'backup' file
- write out your changes and hopefully some/all of them will be there.
It's saved me hours of time over flaky modem connections - especially of
the GSM modem on a train stylee.
>Ruairi Newman hath declared on Friday the 13 day of August 2004 :-:
>>>>>> Thanks, guys, that's it. On Solaris, vi creates temp files under /var/tmp.
>>>>>>>>>>>You probably know this already, but for those who don't, it's possible
>>to change the location of the directory used by vim for these backup
>>>>>>The location of the temp swapfiles is actually controlled by the
>``directory'' setting, I generally have:
>> set directory=~/tmp,.
>>put it in ~/tmp or if not, put it in the same directory as the file.
>>>>>Just add 'set backupdir=<directory name>' to your .vimrc (making sure
>>you have write access to the directory you specify!).
>>>>>>Just to clarify for others, a backup is a copy of the last version
>of the file, handy for accidents :) Although you should be using
>rcs or summat anyhoo...
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