OK, no replies, and I understand... I wanted to add more details, maybe someone will have an idea.
I *completely* uninstalled everything iWork - all of the apps, supporting files, and every pref file I could find that contained iwork, Keynote, Numbers or Pages (I used the handy "Find Any File" program to do this.) I then reset my permissions, performed cron, etc. (using YASU), and then re-installed the iWork suite from scratch.
And guess what? The "duplicate file" phenomenon is still present!!!
I am wondering now if this is a deeper System preference gone crazy.... I don't think it is part of iWork, but I have no idea even what to look for at this point.
Thanks in advance; peace!
p.s. it's only iWork - I don't see this behavior in iLIfe (I use Garageband and iMovie a lot), Office, the Creative Suite, anything! But I probably use iWork the most, so naturally.... *smiles*
Yeah, it's a joke. To me, it seems like a teriible idea. Can anyone shed light on why you would want this to happen? For instance, this is supposed to be "save" not "duplicate". I am consistently frustrated by the tilde (~) auto save/duplicate process. I have finally found this one thread in which someone found this unsettling.
Is there anyway to remove this feature?
That's really interesting, I've never done something like that but perhaps it is a simple switch.
I noticed that this auto-save/tilde process could not occur if the file was write protected. I was doing this with a Quartz Composer file in /System. There was a little message that appeared in the title of the program indicating it could not do so. Not that you'd write protect all your files but perhaps there is a simpler oceans that you could deny.
yeah. I am using Pages(4.2) and mountain lion(10.8.2).
I have the same problem.
I turn off the autosave and versioning with the tutorial here
and comp up with this problem
when i turn that on, the duplicate file won't generate, but the versioning is really annoying and use a lot of my space.
So, I can't find a way to solve this problem even now
Thank you for all of your responses. I tried all of the items mentioned in the posts, but alas, they did not help.
But on the upside: due to another problem I experienced, I re-installed the Mountain Lion software (pressing command-R at startup).... this took roughly two hours to complete ("additional software" was needed), but voila! my "duplicate files" are no longer present in any of the iWork suite programs! This was a wonderful benefit, and now only one file is being displayed... so I do not know what file(s) were causing this phenomenon, but reinstalling the system files (and leaving the rest of my files intact) did the trick, at least for me!, and hopefully you too if you are seeing this kind of behavior....
Good luck, thanks agian, and peace!
I thought I would provide some more information for anyone else who might run into this:
I was encountering precisely the same issue. In my case, I had deleted the Document Revisions database at the root of the drive to solve an unrelated problem with backups. I had assumed the database would simply be recreated the next time a file was saved in a versions-supporting application. This was not the case however. Apparently when an application is unable to save a version in /.DocumentRevisions-V100, it instead renames the current version of the file to "filename~" and saves a new version with the original name.
In my case, all I had to do to fix it was to restart the system. This caused the database to be recreated, and saving started working normally again. This is clearly not exactly the same as what the happened to the original poster, but the symptoms are the same, and I'm assuming the same basic cause (the OS is unable to save revisions to the revisions database.) If I were in the original poster's position and had not already reinstalled my system, I would try deleting the .DocumentRevisions-V100 directory, restarting, and seeing if this fixed it (WARNING: deleting this directory will remove all but the latest saved version of all your files)
To delete .DocumentRevisions-V100, open Terminal and enter "sudo rm -rf /.DocumentRevisions-V100"
Hopefully this helps someone.