[arch-general] pacman/libalpm/libfetch do not honor TMPDIR

Calvin Morrison mutantturkey at gmail.com
Tue Nov 29 12:24:11 EST 2011

On 28 November 2011 18:04, David Rosenstrauch <darose at darose.net> wrote:

> On 11/25/2011 11:55 AM, Leonid Isaev wrote:
>> Actually, what is stupid is keeping /tmp in RAM. It is an important dir,
>> where
>> you might have an valuable info in case of a system crash. I could never
>> understand the logic behind this choice.
> Actually, I think it makes a lot of sense.  It lets you truly use it as a
> repository for "temporary" files.  Any files written there will get
> automatically wiped out at the next boot.
> I do this routinely on all my boxes.  In addition, any files that I
> download I put in /tmp.  If it turns out to be important, I copy it
> elsewhere.  Else, it's automatically gone at the next reboot.
> Contrast that with my Windows machine, where I have a "temp" folder on
> disk that I use for the same purpose.  I have to always remember to go back
> and delete files from there when I'm finished with them.
> DR

I concur 100%!

Leonid is obviously using the TMP folder for the wrong purpose. It is
called that for a reason Silly Goose!

If I recall correctly, the rc.sysinit script even deletes the files on the
next boot in /tmp/. Frankly for a temporary directory it's faster and saves
your hard drive writes.

Calvin Morrison

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