*I* wrote in my previous summary:
>For my purposes, at least, I think I can live with /tmp just pointing to
>/var/tmp where /var is a partition on the same disk as root.
I spoke too soon:
A few kind souls have written to me explaining that the above is a bad idea
for the following reasons (as explained by Frank Cusack <email@example.com>):
1: /tmp is cleared out on reboot, /var/tmp is persistent ... Programs write
temp data they DO care about across failures into /var/tmp. eg: vi -r
2: /var should (like /tmp) NEVER share a partition with /. Data
in /var is known to grow and grow, and potentially become VERY large.
eg: print jobs.
Frank also reccomends a separate partition for both /var and /tmp -- this
was hinted to in previous emails sent to me originally, but it didn't quite
In addition, Rich Kulawiec <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in response to my mentioning
tmpfs support in SunOS:
>No kernel modifications are necessary unless you have *already* done
>modifications and ripped out TMPFS support -- in which case you have
>to put it back in. This a matter of uncommenting a single line and
>rebuilding the kernel. If you've done the former, then you know
>how to do the latter.
>The modification to /etc/fstab are trivial; adding:
> swap /tmp tmp rw 0 0
>is all that's necessary.
then just uncomment the "mount /tmp" line in rc.local.
Thanks to all for their extended answers to this question,
--- Harry Ford * email@example.com * Market News Service, New York NY
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