Don’t Let GNOME’s Text Editor Leave Hidden Files

GNOME’s text editor, gedit, has a setting enabled by default that will leave heaps of hidden backup files even when the originals have been deleted.

In Linux, a file or directory names beginning with a dot will be hidden. GNOME additionally hides file names ending in a tilde character (~). The tilde is what gedit uses to hide a previous version of the current file being edited.