[GTALUG] suggestion: naming temp files
D. Hugh Redelmeier
hugh at mimosa.com
Tue Apr 17 11:43:38 EDT 2018
I often want temp files.
Putting them in /tmp means that they will automatically be discarded
on reboot -- kind of handy. But it means that they are public: they
are in a space shared with all other users (if you have other users).
I consider it a bad habit for that reason.
Lots of people put temp files in the current directory or in their home
directory. That's what I do. But then, when you come back a week later,
how do you know that this file is garbage? The best way is to have a
Many people use tmp, tmp2, tmp3 as names. I find those visually too like
real filenames and longer to type than I want. The names I use are 0, 1,
2, 3. They are short, distinctive, and unreasonable as permanent
You can find the litter you left behind with:
locate -r '/[0-9]$'
You will notice that the system does have some files that match too so
you cannot blindly delete all matches.
To me, it is obvious. But I didn't think of it. I copied this from Chris
Sturgess almost 30 years ago.
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