Thankfully, there is a way to get them out of the way, and this is one way of going about it. Add the following to the .emacs file in your home directory.

(setq backup-directory-alist '(("." . "/tmp"))
 backup-by-copying t ; Don't delink hardlinks
 version-control t ; Use version numbers on backups
 delete-old-versions t ; Automatically delete excess backups
 kept-new-versions 5 ; how many of the newest versions to keep
 kept-old-versions 5 ; and how many of the old
 )

I got this from somewhere around the internet and thanks to the person who originally posted it, but apologies as I couldn’t remember the link. Hope it helps someone else out there.

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