LKBEN11048: Howto disable the standard creation of swap files in vim (and enable them again)


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Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG


Symptom

You do not want to have those files with .swp files in your directories

Cause

none

Solution

The following directive, which should be added in the system-wide or user-specific “vimrc” file, disables the creation creation of a swap file.

set noswapfil

You can enable it again with

set swapfile

You can also set these interactively. In this case you add a : in front of them. If you are not shure, you can type part of it and use the Tab key. Vim will list all the possibilities for you.

About the Author

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux in different European countries and different European languages. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform where he is one of the most important contributors and the main developer.

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