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I had a problem with my gVim. I lost some important modifications after I plugged on my machine after a hibernating process.

To avoid this kind of problem, I would like to know if it's possible to add something in my .vimrc (or a plugin) that automatically backups all saving made to my files. Disk space is not an issue, I can delete these files after.

I'm already using

set backup
set backupdir=~/.backup/vim
set directory=~/.swap/vim

This creates a myfile.extension~ in my .backup/vim.

...but I would like this configuration to add ~ to first save, ~0 to second, ~1 to third, ~2 to fourth, and so on - something that keeps copies from all modifications I made to a file.

Is this possible? Do you know if there's a plugin for this?

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Not this way but you could symlink the config into Dropbox which supports rollback. However, MSDOS is not a supported for Dropbox. :) – Shiki Jun 4 '10 at 13:46
Haha, good one! It's indeed an interesting approach (Dropbox), but I can't have Dropbox installed on my work machine. :( – Somebody still uses you MS-DOS Jun 4 '10 at 14:23
Using NTFS's shadow copy? Or some app which monitors for changes and do the job ? (sorry for no 100% answer. :)) – Shiki Jun 4 '10 at 17:13
I would like to have a Vim solution instead of a monitoring solution... The simpler solution I can think of is creating a script that before saving, checks files with the same names and append a number sequence to it. But since I have no experience in vim scritps, it would be difficult to me implement. – Somebody still uses you MS-DOS Jun 4 '10 at 19:51

Use RCS to keep a backup version whenever you save a file : rcsvers.vim

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Simple solution: set your backup drive as a Dropbox folder. It keeps revisions of all your saved files, and you don't need to setup anything.

Another solution:

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Automatically save and diff multiple, sequentially numbered revisions (like VMS) : savevers.vim

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