Gary Duzan on 27 Feb 2012 17:13:12 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] VI without a swapfile?

In Message <>,
   Jeff Bailey <>wrote:

=>Without getting into all the gory details, I have a loopback filesystem 
=>mounted (a file containing a filesystem) which is considered 100% full 
=>(according to "df").
=>I need to edit a file on that mount.  "vi" complains about not being 
=>able to create a swapfile, but allows me to edit.  The problem is that I 
=>can't save an edited version, even if all I do is delete lines.  I think 
=>this stems from the fact that vi tries to save a backup copy, and fails 
=>since there's no room.

   Copy the file to another file system, edit it there, then
"cat /path/to/copied/file > /path/to/orig/file".

   Sometimes the primitive tools are best. :-)

   Of course, even better would be to clean stuff off that file

					Gary Duzan

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