Thank you all for your comments in response to my question.On Sat, 24 Mar 2007 16:12:10 -0300 "Jorge Peixoto de Morais Neto" <email@example.com> wrote:Can someone advise me on the pros and cons of deleting the contents of /tmp/ as part of general security conscious non-paranoia.<snip>>From the FHS: tmp : Temporary files Purpose The /tmp directory must be made available for programs that require temporary files.<snip>So it is safe to delete /tmp when you know that no running programs are using any file there. You can delete /tmp in the beginning of the boot process, as the FHS itself suggests. I think this already happens automatically on Debian, but I'm not sure. --Several years ago I was using RedHat. It had a crontab which daily deleted any files in /tmp which were over a certain age. I have difficulty believing that any programs would hold onto any files that are a month old or possibly even a week old ... for a machine which does not reboot.
I tend to leave the machine running, but am the only user. I tend to default to the Gnome wm altho' do use XFce4 from time-to-time. For a machine that has an uptime of 6 days having a handful of some 23 items in the /tmp is not excessive, so is probably erased on shut down or boot up. This question of course could be answered by simply making a habit of shutting down regularly, which would be better on the environment too.
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