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Re: /tmp filling up

2007/2/13, Matthew Miller <mattdm mattdm org>:
On Tue, Feb 13, 2007 at 01:28:05PM -0500, Michel Salim wrote:
> Has anyone else experienced their /tmp directory filling up with
> tmpXXXXXX.tmp files? It reliably occurs on two separate installs of F7
> I've done after several hours of usage, entirely filling up the
> partition (how I wished I'd put /tmp on a separate partition).

Many programs respect the environment variables TMP and/or TMPDIR; try
setting that to a bigger directory (I use ~/tmp for my personal stuff, and
then I also run tmpwatch on that directory from my user crontab).

That won't help on a laptop -- / normally has about 10 GB free space,
and it would entirely fill up once this bug triggers. I don't think it
matters how much space you have free.

When the file is no longer actually open. So if the program that made the
file is still using it, it won't be really removed even though it was

Hmm. That narrows it down a bit - the culprit must be something that
is run automatically when GNOME starts. I'll cook up something that
will watch for a large file in /tmp and then find its owner.

Michel Salim

My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed.
               -- Christopher Morley

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