When I edit files with emacs, emacs creates a file with the same name, but with a tilde on the end:


When I save my changes and exit emacs, it doesn't remove the temp file. Is there a setting I can make in the .emacs that forces it to delete temp files so that it stops cluttering my directories?


Emacs calls these backup files (as opposed to temporary files starting with #). To not create these, add

(setq make-backup-files nil)

to your .emacs


What KeithB said, or put your files into version control.

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