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Re: [opensuse-factory] Proposal: /tmp as tmpfs
On Fri, Jul 10, Jan Engelhardt 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
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

We analyzed many systems for that. On standard servers (if the admin
does not do stupid things like storing many installations DVD in /tmp
or so or use it as Desktop), /tmp is nearly empty.

Firefox for example has the very bad habit of dumping all its .xpi file
downloads into /tmp, and not cleaning them.

Firefox is the only left over application writing things in /tmp and
don't clean up for a long time on standard installations.
The second one is "go", if you abort the build process. But that's the

Users have bad habit :^) in abusing /tmp as the shortest way to store a file
a known location for some time - because any other location would be
(but /tmp might be too heh) and the path much longer.

Now they have to learn that they have a home directory for storing files
and /tmp was always a bad idea.

Thorsten Kukuk, Distinguished Engineer, Senior Architect SLES & MicroOS
SUSE Software Solutions Germany GmbH, Maxfeldstr. 5, 90409 Nuernberg, Germany
Managing Director: Felix Imendoerffer (HRB 36809, AG Nürnberg)
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