Temporary file policy
As Topi has filed another slew of bugs regarding careless use of
temporary files, I decided I had better make the new temporary file
policy better known.
A new command, tempfile(1), was added to debianutils 1.6. tempfile
creates a temporary file in a safe manner. It uses tempnam(3) and
allows you to specify the directory, prefix, and mode. For example,
you can use it like this:
tf=$(tempfile -m 600)
echo "super secret something" > $tf
mv $tf /etc/whatever
Using tempfile is better than doing something like `tf=/etc/temp$$'
above - the file is guaranteed to be unique, your shell script will
use TMPDIR if it's set, permissions are easier to specify, it will
work in directories which are writable by a group, etc.
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