I was recently looking at a another users .vimrc and noticed that they had settings which we commented as secure, private editing; how does one accomplish this, and what do the settings in question mean?

I noticed one of them was nobackup which seems to me to mean that you don't create that ~ file that always hangs around.

Note: you may want to port this over to the security stackexchange as well, they could probably use it over there.


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For each of those options, do:

:help 'option'

For example:

:help 'nobackup'
  • Well I know that, but I was just wondering if this is a good complete list of options or if there are other suggestions to this.
    – leeand00
    Dec 3, 2015 at 17:10
  • 2
    But that's not what you asked.
    – romainl
    Dec 3, 2015 at 17:24

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