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137550Re: Removing junk .swp files

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  • Adrian Luff
    May 9, 2013
      Assuming you have the following in your .vimrc:
      set directory=$HOME/.vim/swap

      You can easily use find and metadata from the file system to remove files that have not been accessed in more than 30 days:

      find ~/.vim/swap -type f -atime +30 -name \*.sw? -exec rm -f {} \;

      Using xargs doesn't correctly handle files with spaces in their name by default in my environment. I'm not sure of the portability of fixes for this so I stuck with -exec.


      On May 8, 2013, at 10:05 AM, Gary Johnson <garyjohn@...> wrote:

      On 2013-05-08, Paul wrote:
      On Wednesday, 01 May, 2013 at 20:11:08 BST, Mike Hume wrote:
      You could setup a tmp directory for where swp files are stores.

      set directory=~/.vim/tmp/swap

      If you have swp files littered about, run this command to
      recursively find and delete them:

      find . -type d -name .swp | xargs rm -rf

      I don't recommend this, because like George Dinwiddie says, it
      doesn't check to see if any swap files are in use, but this is a
      more efficient command:

         find ~ -type f -name \*.swp -delete

      Also, not all swap files end in .swp.  If Vim needs to create a swap
      file and one ending in .swp already exists, Vim will use the
      extension .swo for the new one and .swn after that.  I think it just
      continues backwards through the alphabet.  So using something like


      or even


      would be more thorough.


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