[tex-live] Perl modules

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Wed Apr 16 00:20:33 CEST 2014

On 2014-04-15 at 22:25:36 +0200, Zdenek Wagner wrote:

 > /tmp is not a good choice, /var/tmp is better because in some linux
 > distros /tmp is in RAM.

Both are wrong.  $TMPDIR is the temporary directory on Unix and the
admin has to make sure that it expands to something reasonable.

I really hate every program which ignores $TMPDIR.  Fortunately all
programs I'm aware of create temporary files in $TMPDIR.

 > RAM is small and expensive, HD is cheap and large.

Sure.  What bothers me all the time is that many programs don't remove
temporary files when they aren't needed anymore.  On Unix there are
signal handlers which can be used in order to remove temporary files
even if the program aborts abnormally.

IMO it's completely wrong to rely on assumptions about /tmp or
/var/tmp.  The temporary directory on Unix is $TMPDIR.

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