I have files ending in ~ in my home directory, and I want to delete them. How do I do that? How do I prevent this backup functionality?
You can simply run
rm *~ if you're sure there is no other file that you need which ends in
If it is
gedit that is creating the backup files, you can open gedit and select
Edit->Preferences->Editor and uncheck the option
"Create a backup copy of files before saving"
nano, look in
## Backup files to filename~. set backup
and change that to
## Backup files to filename~. # set backup
If you also have unwanted backup files in subfolders, it gets a bit more difficult:
find . -type f -name '*~' -delete
The hidden files are in place to keep user program setup and other program information.
I strongly suggest you to not delete those files.
If you a sure to want to delete them, then open the menu Places->Home Folder (press CTRL+H if you don't see hidden files) and then select and press the Delete keyboard key. If you don't want move them into trash press Shift+Delete keyboard keys
From terminal you can delete hidden files ( don't do it ) with: rm -fr /home/youruser/.*