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I've recently been seeing a lot of .swp file extensions lately. I'm trying to follow a tutorial on customizing your mac terminal page and i'm trying to edit my new .bash_profile file with the 'vi' editor but I'm getting this message after trying to open it via 'vi .bash_profile' ....

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E325: ATTENTION
Found a swap file by the name ".bash_profile.swp"
          owned by: Marcus   dated: Mon Feb 14 19:33:23 2011
         file name: ~Marcus/.bash_profile
          modified: YES
         user name: Marcus   host name: Marcus-Mac-2.local
        process ID: 343
While opening file ".bash_profile"
             dated: Mon Feb 14 19:30:01 2011

(1) Another program may be editing the same file.
    If this is the case, be careful not to end up with two
    different instances of the same file when making changes.
    Quit, or continue with caution.

(2) An edit session for this file crashed.
    If this is the case, use ":recover" or "vim -r .bash_profile"
    to recover the changes (see ":help recovery").
    If you did this already, delete the swap file ".bash_profile.swp"
    to avoid this message.

Swap file ".bash_profile.swp" already exists!
[O]pen Read-Only, (E)dit anyway, (R)ecover, (D)elete it, (Q)uit, (A)bort:

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First, if you are new to the VI editor I would definitely look for a friendlier editor.  You should try nano.

The error message indicates that another program already has the file open, or the program was not shut down properly last time.  Here is a link describing the situation.

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1972793
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