I was wondering if there is a way to make emacs stop making backups of files with the ~ at the end. (herpderp.html~) I am currently using windows xp 32 bit with emacs 23. Does anyone know how to make this stop?
You can use the variable
backup-inhibited. Setting it to non-nil means "no backups".
To save the backup files in a different place you can customize
backup-directory-alist. It consists of a list of pairs. The first in the pair is a regex to match the file name, and the second is the directory to save them in. If nothing matches then the backup files are saved in the same directory as the original. Below will save all backup files to
~/.emacs.d/backups where they are out of the way until you need them.
(setq backup-directory-alist '(("." . "~/.emacs.d/backups")))