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Remove VIM temp files

Terminal - Remove VIM temp files
find . -name "*~" -exec rm {} \;
2010-02-26 10:54:02
User: ivanatora
Functions: find rm
Remove VIM temp files

Assuming only VIM has *~ files in your current dir. If you have usefull data in a file named in the *~ pattern, DO NOT RUN this command!


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
find ./ -name '*.sw[op]' -delete

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What others think

.swo/.swp files are vim temp files

*~ files are backups most notable created by vim, but also some other text editors.

as a side note this can all be done really easily using zargs (a zsh extension)

zargs **/*~ -- rm

Comment by infinull 335 weeks ago

I set the following in .vimrc so that backup and temp files don't litter working directories.

set backup

set backupdir=~/.vim/backup

set directory=~/.vim/tmp

I am sure there are drawbacks to this, but so far it has worked fine.

Comment by asolkar 335 weeks ago

why not just rm *~

Comment by RanyAlbeg 334 weeks and 6 days ago

`rm *~` won't go recursively in your subdirectories. `find` will do.

Comment by ivanatora 334 weeks and 6 days ago

Your point of view

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