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Re: [SLE] /tmp getting very big
  • From: "Alan Lenton" <alan@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 06:12:26 +0100
  • Message-id: <007101c0dcfd$b6885b00$070210ac@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Actually, that's not the case. This is what the file system standard says:


Filesystem Hierarchy Standard
3.11 /tmp : Temporary files
The /tmp directory shall be made available for programs that require
temporary files.

Although data stored in /tmp may be deleted in a site-specific manner, it
is recommended that files and directories located in /tmp be deleted
whenever the system is booted.

Programs shall not assume that any files or directories in /tmp are
preserved between invocations of the program.

IEEE standard P1003.2 (POSIX, part 2) makes requirements that are similar
to the above section.
FHS added the recommendation that /tmp be cleaned at boot time on the basis
of historical precedent and common practice, but did not make it a
requirement because system administration is not within the scope of this



As you can see tmp files that belong to running programs should not be
wiped, even if they've been closed by the program - it migh want to reopen
the file and reuse the contents...


PS: the whole standard is at if you are
interested :)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mads Martin Jørgensen" <mmj@xxxxxxxx>
To: "scc" <fsanta@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "SuSE Mailing List" <suse-linux-e@xxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2001 7:12 PM
Subject: Re: [SLE] /tmp getting very big

| * scc <fsanta@xxxxxxxxxx> [May 14. 2001 11:10]:
| > Hi everyone
| >
| > Can I delete the contents of /tmp from time to time without upsetting
| > system?
| >
| > I use it for downloading stuff, but then delete it when installed or no
| > longer needed. Konqueror, xcdroast and kde seem to leave amazing
amounts of
| > stuff there.
| /tmp is supposed to be wiped out with no reason whatsoever. So feel free
| to clean it up ;)
| --
| Mads Martin Joergensen,
| "Why make things difficult, when it is possible to make them cryptic and
| totally illogic, with just a little bit more effort."
| -- A. P. J.
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