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

Miloslav Trmač mitr at volny.cz
Thu Sep 13 11:07:04 UTC 2012

On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 3:54 AM, Pádraig Brady <P at draigbrady.com> wrote:
> One possible issue is that stale sort tmp files could persist
> in /var/tmp for 30 days even after a reboot.
> I'm going to err on the side of leaving sort(1) as is
> and using /tmp by default, as detailed at:
> http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/coreutils/2012-09/msg00139.html
> In summary, sort(1) only needs stateless storage,
> so lets keep it more abstract and default to /tmp,
> rather than worrying about system specifics.

It also needs storage larger than the available virtual memory,
doesn't it?.  AFAICS using /tmp is more or less equivalent to
specifying --buffer-size=[infinity] , which doesn't make sense for

I do appreciate that there is nothing sort can do to get a reliable
cross-platform default.

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