Questions tagged [temporary-files]

A (often short lived) file, automatically created for reasons like storing data that no longer fit into memory, for inter-process communication or to save state for possible crash recovery.

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How to Prevent WinRar from deleting temporary files?

is there any way when I open a document in a compressed file by double clicking it using WinRar to prevent temporary files deletion after closing the WinRar instance? I tried changing the extraction ...
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Recycle bin fills with temp files

I have windows 10 pro installed in my PC. My recycle bin has started to fill up with a same-named file called, tempOTAupdate. Despite I delete them over and over, they keep filling the bin. Windows ...
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After 7z unzip only the temp word doc is visible (which is corrupt), the original is missing

I have once sent myself a 7zip file when changing computers, when I tried to unzip it, only one of the word documents have seemed to be 'corrupt'. When I later investigated, I have realized that when ...
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Double extension file

i don't know from where I got this file in my computer's temp folder C:\USERS\xxxxxxxxxx\APPDATA\LOCAL\TEMP\TMPE8FE.TMP.BAT is it some kind of malware? if yes, then how should i resolve this.
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Temporary files disappearing after hours of non-use?

I maintain a Windows desktop application which stores 12-20 data files under %TEMP% within a subfolder when the user creates a new project in the app. (Once the user saves the new project the files ...
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How to delete a large number of temporary files on my external hard drive?

I'm currently processing a series of large data files (150+ GB) on my home laptop (a 2015 MacBook running MacOS Catalina 10.15.3). I ran into the issue where a particular program wouldn't finish ...
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How to change where %temp% and %tmp% points? [duplicate]

So I have changed my temporary files folder from my ssd drive (C:) to a hdd drive (E:), all working as I was expectating, except when I run the %TEMP% or %TMP% it points to the older location on the C:...
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Idea for securely getting rid of downloaded sensitive information

So I got assigned a project where a client needs to download some sensitive files from a internal website. The problem is that I need to make sure those files are not recoverable from the computer ...
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Finding Temporary windows 10 files

When I look in windows 10 at the Storage usage it says I have 8GB+ of temporary files. When I select the Temporary Files link it takes me to a list that looks very like the disk cleanup options and ...
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TemporaryDirectory() throws an attribute error when program runs

I am attempting to create a temporary directory using with tempfile.TemporaryDirectory() as directory: I have imported tempfile When I run the program I get the error: Traceback (most recent call ...
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Transience of files in filesystem cache

In my simplified understanding of a filesystem cache, files that are to be written to a disk mounted with the async option might not be immediately be written to disk, and can instead get smushed into ...
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Firefox temporary download location

When one downloads a file using Firefox, the download seems to start before one even chooses a save directory. I would assume that Firefox assumes that I am most likely going to save said file, and ...
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Windows 10 cleaning up my Temp dir too often

I started an R session 8 hours ago, and the temporary directory (in \AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpWAzBY9) has already been deleted while the R session is still running. I got an error in R saying that the ...
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Windows 8.1 stuck at “preparing Windows”

After removing temporay files, including windows update backups (it was more than 30 GB!), by means of the built-in tool, I cannot access my pc any more: it is stuck on a blue page that says “...
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Temporary Files in Windows 10 cannot be deleted

I have been having trouble removing the Temporary Files on my Windows 10. I did search and did most of the common steps Delete the contents of %temp% Delete the contents of prefetch Do the ...
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Huge 50GB+ kernel dump files being generated in temp

These folders/files keep appearing and I keep having to delete them. They are constantly sucking away all my storage space - what's going on? Tried opening in Event Viewer & nothing shows up: ...
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Windows 10 - How to delete temp files for network computer for each users profile

Hi I am trying to create a .bat script which deletes all the temp files in each user's profile and other temp folders All of the computers (Windows 7, Windows 10) are networked. Here is what I have ...
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Error while gtags: No space left on device

I try to use gtags first time in my life and got error: /usr/bin/sort: write failed: /tmp/sortDGCa2E: No space left on device df -h output: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on udev ...
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How do I customize MS Office temporary filenames?

Microsoft Office applications create temporary files, which have names that include characters that are invalid for OneDrive. Examples include: ~WRL2417.tmp {FCDADB84-DE45-4067-874C-8749212F6D8A}....
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Temp Folder being deleted in users %appdata%

While generating reports our application stores data in a user's %appdata%/local/temp directory (using DevExpress report libraries - we have no control over this). This works fine, except at 3pm, ...
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Where are Adobe Acrobat DC update temporary files located?

I updated Adobe Acrobat DC from version 19.10.20100.325521 to 19.12.20035.332343 on Windows 7 SP1 x64 Ultimate, and I see that I lost 467.628032 MB in the process. Since the update seems minor, I ...
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Temporary files folder not cleanable [duplicate]

I have recently been getting lots of notifications regarding low storage space on my laptop. I use an HP Pavillion, Windows 10, with 100 GB in the C-Drive and 1TB in the D-Drive. The drives are ...
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svn Can't find a temporary directory

When I want to checkout or update an svn reposity, I receive the error message svn: E020014: Can't find a temporary directory: Internal error. This happens for all repositories I have on my system. ...
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Is there any advantage to manually deleting temp folders vs using the Windows Disk Cleanup tool?

I work at an IT call center, and we have a guide that directs us to empty out the following folders for hard drive cleanup: C:\Users\ user \App Data\local\Temp C:\Temp C:\Windows\Temp and then run ...
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Can a same disk be temp for windows and linux?

Is it possible to make a SSD be temp and virtual memory for both windows and linux, without wasting half of the size for the other OS, and be SSD-friendly?
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Split an Excel file into multiple Tab Delimited files and it should get the header for each split file from sheet2

I have a requirement where I have an Excel file with 400 records. I have to split the Excel file into multiple tab delimited text files with each containing 50 records.  The attached Excel file has ...
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Why does Windows store temporary files outside the TEMP folder? How to avoid that?

I have seen quite often that Windows (7 and above, maybe even since XP) creates folders with names like 4efc85e3bb644236da736f0e22bfd0 for storing files while an installation is running. Usually it ...
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Ubuntu system won’t boot with error “Failed to start Create Volatile Files and Directories + Network Time Synchronisation”

I'm using Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS and when I start my latpop, the screen stops at [Failed] Failed to start Create Volatile Files and Directories. See 'systemctl status systemd-temfiles-setup.service' ...
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20GB of Temporary Files, Only 50MB in Temp Folder

I recently discovered that the Settings app is showing around 20GB of space used by temporary files. But when I go to remove them I can only remove about 28MB. When I open the temp folder by using Run ...
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Powershell: Exclude Temporary Files from FileSystemWatcher

I am using a $watcher (FileSystemWatcher) to trigger an $action, when a docx-File is being created or changed in a directory: $watcher = New-Object System.IO.FileSystemWatcher $watcher.Path = "C:\...
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How to stop Windows creating unknown alphanumeric folders in my external drive?

I posted similar question and accepted an answer as Visual Studio installation can left behind these files as documented but there is more to it. I haven't installed any Microsoft product but I keep ...
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Windows 10 displays 54.4GB of temp files, but only 3GB can be cleaned

After looking at my storage use in Windows 10, I noticed that a lot of storage is taken up by temporary files. According to Settings, about 54.4GB is being used. However, Disk Cleanup only shows 3GB -...
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How did I end up with these unknown folders/files on my external drive?

Here is snapshot of my external drive. I never store any files directly in its root folder yet I have bunch of files eula.###.txt and others for example install.exe and similar files. How did they get ...
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Move Linux tmp folders

I have Mint 19 installed on a fairly old machine, where the performance isnt great. I was able to move the swap partition to a ZFS pool with these instructions. However, I want to move the /tmp and /...
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Are the files opened with the photos application of Windows 10 temporary stored anywhere?

I'm saving some designs in a virtual drive with an encryption software. When the virtual drive is off, sometimes the photos can still be opened by clicking them in recent files and they are opened in ...
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How do I recover files from a (deleted) temporary profile in Windows 10?

In the process of changing my username on my Windows 10 computer, I logged on as a temporary user. Out of ignorance, I moved all my important files to the default profile folder (which of course was ...
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Change location for Microsoft Office ~$ temporary files

When we open a Microsoft Office spreadsheet or document, generally a temporary file with the name starting with "~$" is created near the main file. If we can't turn off this behavior, is there a way ...
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Removing temporary internet files from Windows 10

Hello Superuser community, I have to work with Windows 10 and am in dire need of some disk space. Thus, I'm trying to use the cleanup tool to free some space. Unfortunately, I'm not able to delete ...
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LibreOffice creates tmp file every save

When opening a LibreOffice document on a remote share, the title bar says "Title.ods (remote)", and whenever I save the document a new temporary file is created, with a name like ~gvfry9s.tmp. I ...
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Temp files sc.kernel.X.etl are generated weekly and take over several dozen of gigaoctets

[EDIT : Opened the files in the event logger] It seems that the error are logged really often : Error 15003 seems to be a driver error, though no yellow ! shows up in the peripheral manager. - <...
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What folders count as temporary folders?

What folders count as temporary folders for calculating the disk space used up by temporary files in Windows 10? (System->Storage in Settings) So far, I know about: C:\Windows\Temp C:\Users\USERNAME\...
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Running %temp% goes to file in Users folder

Recently, I built a .bat file to delete temporary files and ran it. The code for it is: @ECHO OFF color 0f echo -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -...
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Is it safe to delete files with extensions containing non-alphanumeric characters?

I was working with Eagle 4.16r2 (Yes I know its old), and when I work on my project in it, I happen to save my work frequently as files with extensions .brd and .sch. I just did a backup and now I ...
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C:\SYSTEM.SAV filled with suspicious files. Can I delete this folder?

I tried going through my C drive (SSD) to clean up files as I was running out of storage on it, and I found a folder called SYSTEM.SAV. It's a hidden folder in full caps. In there I found logs about ...
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How to prevent Emacs from writing temporary .# files?

My Emacs writes temporary files which start with .#. For example when I am ediging foo.cljs Emacs sometimes creates a .#foo.cljs file. How to prevent this? Background: I am using Spacemacs for ...
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Downloading directly to external hdd, strange behaviour on local disk

I am trying to download directly to an external hdd, and I have noticed strange behaviour. I'm on windows 8.1. Let's say I have 500mb of free space left on my local disk and wish to download a 1gb ...
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Location of TEMP folder resets randomly (Windows 7)

since I don't have a lot of free space left on my C:\ drive, which is the default location of my TEMP folder, I changed it to my other drive via environment variables. But for some reason it keeps ...
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Where is a directory that will delete it's files on shutdown in Windows 10?

In Unix-like systems, generally /tmp is wiped on shutdown (there are some exceptions to this, but most of the time you can rely on this). Is there a directory in Windows 10 that can guarantee this ...
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15GB of Android ADB files in tmp folder

Hi so I've noticed my HD space is running out rather quickly on MacOS and after a quick search I've found a 15GB temp folder at /private/tmp/android-alex with lots of similar files names like ...
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Deleting tmp files on a windows 7 network

I work as an IT techinician in a company that has roughly 600 Windows 7 laptop, distribuited in 8 countries. We use Microsoft SCCM 2012 to manage the clients. We have a recurring problem with the ...