When saving a project file (.qgs), which when executed is automatically loaded with qgis.bat, there's another .qgs file which appears in the same directory of the original project file, although this one is not loaded with the qgis.bat file:

QGIS project files

This is just out of curiosity but is the latter designed to be a backup of the original .qgs file?


I think you are correct in that it's a type of 'backup' file. This question goes into what the tilde means. As stated in user76204's answer:

If a file is appended with a tilde~, it only means that it is a backup created by a text editor or similar program.

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    It is a backup file made by QGIS, regardless of the operating system. It is not always identical with the .qgs file, but to the one before the last saving. – AndreJ May 12 '15 at 12:53
  • @AndreJ - Thanks buddy, that's good enough for me. – Joseph May 12 '15 at 13:23

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