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Posted by Roberto Zini to c.u.s.m. Feb 5 2001
Our SCO system appears to have a lot of seemingly
duplicated files with # signs in their names. Example:
and so on.
What are these? Can I get rid of them?
These files get created when you perform a software/system
verify by making use of the custom command and force the system to
fix any discrepancies found; the trailing "#" characters simply
inform you that file was changed during that procedure (eg, "temp"
is the actual file and it should be the good one - well, according
to the internal database - while "temp#" and "temp##" are old
copies of the same files BUT with incorrect
The system just adds a trailing "#" to give you the ability to
tell/examine/inspect the differences between the old and the new
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