vi/vim creates swap files before creating actual new file on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux NFS client mounting NetApp NFS-style qtree shares

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • Issuing the vi command on a new file results in behavior similar to the following:
[user@rh-test]vi test.txt

    Found a swap file by the name ".test.txt.swp"
              owned by: rahmed   dated: Fri Nov  8 15:30:06 2013
             [cannot be read]
    While opening file "test.txt"
                 dated: Fri Nov  8 15:29:59 2013

    (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 test.txt"
        to recover the changes (see ":help recovery").
        If you did this already, delete the swap file ".test.txt.swp"
        to avoid this message.

    Swap file ".test.txt.swp" already exists!
    [O]pen Read-Only, (E)dit anyway, (R)ecover, (D)elete it, (Q)uit, (A)bort:
  • If the file is created before editing with vi the edit succeeds and none of the above messages are seen.


  • NFS client: Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • NFS server: NetApp Filer
    • NFS-style qtree shares

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