Action required: Rawhide: /tmp is now on tmpfs

Steve Clark sclark at
Fri Jun 1 15:18:12 UTC 2012

On 06/01/2012 10:23 AM, Alexey I. Froloff wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 01, 2012 at 09:27:16AM -0400, Brian Wheeler wrote:
>>> my biggest problem was that tmpfs by
>>> default allocates half of physical RAM for partition.  So I just
>>> allocated big enough swap and added a line to /etc/fstab with
>>> appropriate size= option.
>> And how is a random user supposed to know this?
> In Soviet ALT Linux we didn't care about "random users" ;-)
> In perfect world "random user" must be smart enough to read the
> documentation.  However, this implies, that such documentation
> exists and easily accessed (which at first sight is true for
> Fedora).
>> So if things start acting up the answer is to add more swap and
>> mess with fstab?  WTF?
> This is up to Release Managers.  Reasonable defaults in
> installer, documentation, etc...
>> So now any software which uses /tmp for *gasp* temporary space
>> is now potentially broken depending on the size of the
>> temporary data.
> Well, no software should use /tmp directly, IMO.  There's nice
> environment variable $TMPDIR.  You can always point it to
> $HOME/tmp for example.  And you can always turn it off if you
> really need to.
>> Sorry guys, this feature sucks.
> I like this feature, and there should be easy, well documented
> way to turn it off.  I personally don't see a reason why it
> should be off by default.
Since most user don't know anything about this why not leave it off and the sophisticated power
user can turn it on, since It is trivial to do.

Stephen Clark
Director of Technology
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Fax: 813-882-0209
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