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Re: [opensuse-factory] Proposal: /tmp as tmpfs
Jan Engelhardt <jengelh@xxxxxxx> wrote:

/tmp is one of the weirder places in a system.

It is nice that FHS says it is not persistent across reboots, but if you have
a
workstation or server which is "never" (or at least, seldomly) rebooted, the
directory can still fill up - and take away RAM from both oneself and other
users.

tmpfs is not a RAM file system but a filesystem based on anonymous memory. This
is how it has been implemented on SunOS un 1987 and I am _very_ sure it works
the same on Linux.

In other words: if you have files that lay around in /tmp. this just eats up
swap.

Jörg

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