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Old 09-01-2004, 10:16 PM   #1
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Cool 2 gigabyte /tmp directory..ok to delete contents

My /tmp directory is 2 gigs is it similar to windows, in that there is nothing vital in this directory? I'd like to make a little space on my hard drive can I delete the contents safely? Thanks for any help.
Old 09-01-2004, 11:59 PM   #2
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/tmp should be emptied when the computer is rebooted. So you could reboot, and it will be emptied.

I don't know if any processes you may have running have stuff in /tmp, so perhaps it is best not to delete the contents of /tmp while the computer is running.

If you want to though:
rm -fr /tmp/*
I hope this helps
Old 09-02-2004, 12:00 AM   #3
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usually the /tmp directory is cleared after a restart. restart and see if its still got 2GB there.
Old 09-02-2004, 09:56 AM   #4
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I don't usually turn my computer off, but I tried restarting it and all the files remained. HHMMM... that's weird. I appreciate the help guys.


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