[HEADS-UP] Rawhide: /tmp is now on tmpfs

Reindl Harald h.reindl at thelounge.net
Fri Jun 1 20:22:13 UTC 2012

Am 01.06.2012 22:14, schrieb Chris Adams:
> Once upon a time, Reindl Harald <h.reindl at thelounge.net> said:
>> and that does also patch all applications back which starts
>> using /var/tmp like "sort" as default for their temp-files?
> I keep seeing sort as the primary example: how often are people sorting
> multi-gigabyte files?  I've been running with either a separate
> partition for /tmp (1G-2G) or tmpfs for /tmp on servers and desktops for
> many years now (10+).  I have never had sort fail.  The only time I
> think I have had a problem was with some DVD-creator software some time
> back that copied the video files to /tmp (dumb #1) and then tried to
> create the ISO in /tmp and copy it out (dumb #2).

"sort" is only ONE application

you missed the point that packagers are enforced to change temp-dir
of their applications to /var/tmp instead /tmp and so it does not
help people only make their /etc/fstab-line for having /tmp
on their dedicated tmp-partition/disk

their rootfs would still be get written full from all sort of
applications - this changes mening any application using
/tmp for large files in fedora has to be patched using /var/tmp

the same impact for ANY application which could create large
temporary files (all sort of disk/iso images and so on)

yes, i am sorting daily files with some GB with "sort" and cronjobs and i find
it a little bit frustrating have to search for all it's usages and set "sort -T"
because a useless feature with less benfit at all enforing packagers to change
the standard location away from /tmp

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