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Old 07-06-2008, 01:02 PM   #1
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Does firefox have a cache of downloaded files?

Hello, I have just tried to download a distro iso image, BUT instead of
saving it, I must have selected to open it, which when the download was
finished (a long time) I was informed the file couldn't be opened.

My (current) distro is 64studio using a KDE desktop.

I used firefox (iceweasle) to download, I'm wondering if there is a cached
copy hidden somewhere. I've looked through the hidden folders in my home
directory but can't find anything.

Is it possible to locate a file by size (over 500mb)?

Old 07-06-2008, 01:47 PM   #2
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Usually, Iceweasel/Firefox stores some data in /tmp.
As for searching files of certain sizes, you can use the find utility.
In your case, that would be: find / -size 500M
You can get more info about this by doing a 'man find' in your console.
Also, do you have enough disk space in /tmp and on the partition you used ?
Old 07-06-2008, 01:51 PM   #3
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The files downloaded by firefox/iceweasel are in your profile's Cache (~/.mozilla/firefox/<Profile>/Cache), but if you've restarted your browser since you've downloaded your big file, there's a big chance that it was purged because the usual Cache size is 50MB (i think).
Old 07-06-2008, 04:00 PM   #4
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Thanks for the repies, I found (~/.mozilla/firefox/<Profile>/Cache) and
it does seem to stay below 50Mb, and /tmp didn't have anything for me.

Looks like it's long gone, thanks anyway.


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