Re: Temporary file policy
On Fri, 12 Sep 1997, Guy Maor wrote:
> 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:
If memory serves, the OpenBSD folks also have created a similar command
for safely opening temporary files within shell scripts. We might want to
look into what they've done... IMHO, it's be kinda bad to have as many
tempfile-ish commands (each with a different syntax) as there are Unix
varieties. Or was tempfile taken from the OpenBSD folks? (I only have
email access, so I can't check it out myself.)
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