What are .nfs* files?

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When a process has a file open on an NFS share, and the file is removed by another process, an .nfs* file is created. When the original process closes the file, the .nfs* file is removed.


(system1) $ echo testdata > /NFS_volume/shiznit
(system1) $ tail -f /NFS_volume/shiznit

(system2) $ rm /NFS_volume/shiznit
(system2) $ ls -a .nfs*
(system2) $ cat .nfs00222d9e00000001

(system1) $ Ctrl-C
(system1) $ ls -a


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