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Is it possible to stop VIM from automatically creating a backup for only a specific file?

I have a running todo list I keep on my desktop, and I don't get any use out of the ~todo that constantly appears.

I do, however, wish to keep the backup function for all other files this possible?

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autocmd BufRead ~/Desktop/todo setl nobackup
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set backupskip=$HOME/Desktop/todo
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that, along with variants of $HOME, did not work – espais Sep 27 '11 at 23:26

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