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Peter R | Tue, 19 Jul 2011 04:08:03 UTC

Re: Caught Between a Block and a Lack of Space

One solution that worked well for us years ago was a auto-cleaning /tmp directory. You could create files to your heart's content under /tmp (or, rather, under the equivalent in the OS we were using) and forget about them, because every night a batch job swept the /tmp tree and deleted all files and directories that had not been touched in the past day.

Of course this requires programs and scripts to diligently put temp files into /tmp. To help matters, the OS had been set up so that, if you did not specify a parent directory in your file name, it would be automagically placed under /tmp.

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