As of How to stop auto backup in some directory in Emacs, it's possible to configure emacs to backup conditionally.

Is there an option to set inside the file, in the first line, to disable backup for this file only?

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According to my test, simply set make-backup-files to nil locally, for example,

M-x add-file-local-variable-prop-line make-backup-files nil
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    which creates a line with a comment character and then -*- make-backup-files: nil; -*- Thank you very much, even a command for easy creation
    – serv-inc
    Dec 20, 2017 at 20:34

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