Vim swap file

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File Format
Name Vim swap file
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Extension(s) .swp

Vim swap file is a temporary file created by the open source Vim text editor, when editing a file. The file's name typically begins with ".", and ends with ".swp". The file is normally deleted when editing is complete, but may be left behind in the event of a crash or other abnormal termination.

Its main purpose is to periodically record unsaved changes made to the file. It also serves as a lock file. The file format is undocumented, and not necessarily portable.

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Files begin with ASCII "b0VIM ".

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