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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Deleting temporary system update files

I used a program (Greatis' StopUpdates10) to stop windows 10 updates for a long time. And I finally decided to restore updates. The system started updating and free disk space went from 35GB to 15GB ...
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echo %tmp% prints directory that doesn't exist

I encountered an issue with a customer where Path.GetTempFileName() in a .NET Framework application was returning an invalid directory. In troubleshooting, I found that: > echo %tmp% was returning ...
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How to remove files that don't show up in CMD dir list but do show up in power query

This is my first question here so I'll to try be as clear as I possibly can, but if anything is unclear please give me some feedback! I am a Mechanical Engineer using the CAD software SolidWorks. I ...
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When are Temp files deleted in Windows 10?

I have roughly 100MB of files stored in two temp directories: "C:\Windows\Temp" and "C:\Users\Username\Appdata\Local\Temp" But unlike their names suggest, they don't seem to be ...
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What are the chrome_drag_* folders in my temp directory?

Windows 10 - I use Chromiumn browser and other Chromium based software like VS Code on a daily basis. I routinely see dozens of folders with names like chrome_drag19184_1885094210 in my %localappdata%\...
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OneDrive doesn't upload local *.TMP files -- workaround?

I would like to sync a folder where Microsoft Word (and PowerPoint, for that matter) store their temporary autosave files, with OneDrive. That way, if Word or PowerPoint crash and for some reason some ...
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Where to find unfinished loadings from terminal?

So recently I tried to load AOSP directory to my machine using repo, but it was hell of a big one, so I decided to stop load by closing terminal in middle of it. Problem is, this files is already like ...
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Instance of Windowsformapp repeatedly creates an executable in the temp folder called "Velo.exe" in Windows 10

Since yesterday, I have noticed that through Windows Form an application called Velo.exe creates many subfolders (2-3 per minute, see photo) in the Temp folder with the same file called Velo.exe ...
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Windows 10 - User keeps getting a temporary profile on (initial) login

I know this is searchable all over the internet, however none of the solutions worked and it was related to the AD (Active Directory). Here are the symptoms. The PC is part of an AD. The user in ...
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Firefox Temporary Downloads Save Location

Earlier, when I would want to a view a file, Firefox would prompt me the app to open the file in, and then save the file in the \AppData\Local\Temp folder, and open it. As the Temp folder would be ...
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Why doesn't Disk Cleanup clean `%temp%` or `c:\windows\temp`?

"Back in the day" it was good to be in the habit of periodically deleting the temp files created in c:\tmp by Windows and other software, or else you'd risk filling up your fancy 40MB hard ...
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How can I edit files without them being extracted?

Currently, I have some files in a .rar file that is password protected. If I open a Notepad file to make some changes, this file will get extracted first, to the winrar Temp folder, and then I can ...
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Safely Remove Unneeded files from Windows 8.1 Pro? [duplicate]

My System Drive (C:) is pretty well maxed out and I desperately need to clear some space! I'm looking to find files/folders etc that I can SAFELY and easily exorcise from my computer. To start with - ...
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Is it possible to redirect the Windows API 'tmpfile' function?

We work with a 3rd-party tool for a software build that makes use of the tmpfile function. As security has tightened and the ability for us to run tools as an administrator is removed, we're wondering ...
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How to redirect specific file I/O to another drive

I'm on Windows and i'm dealing with a badly written application that needs to store huge temporary files, but the temp directory is apparently hardcoded to %localappdata%\Temp and cannot be changed. ...
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Why does Windows setup/installer continue to use an old temp directory?

I recently moved my temporary folder from D:\Temp to E:\Temp, by changing my user account's TEMP and TMP environment variables. After rebooting, most programs are using E:\Temp, however every now and ...
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Why does Backup and Sync from Google create many directories in temp directory on Windows?

I noticed that my computer's drive space is going down. So I researched that and found that its Backup and Sync from Google who is doing that. It creates many directories in local Temp directory and ...
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Do temporary files tend to reuse the same physical blocks over time?

On a Linux FS such as ext4, would temporary files such as logs and other /var stuff tend to end up on the same physical blocks over time? For example, with log rotation, would new logs tend to end up ...
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Can I safely delete all inside the C:\Windows\WinSxS\Temp folder only?

I have reviewed the Similar questions suggested after creating my post Title and none are direct or helpful just for my needs. In Windows 10 Pro, v1909, build 18363.1316 clean installed in Nov. 2019 I ...
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Make a packaged EXE file [closed]

I want to create a single EXE file that contains a program with multiple files and folders. What I refer to with this is that I need an EXE file that unpacks itself in %TEMP% and then execute the EXE ...
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TEMP.Font Driver Host folders are created in the c:\users folder

One or two months ago we are encountering a pretty weird problem. When we log out and log in with another user a folder will be created in the c:\users folder named TEMP.Font Driver Host. If we do it ...
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#No rights to write in Windows %temp% directory# blocks Firefox downloads, (un)installers, pdf prints, other temp tasks

This is a follow-up on Firefox cannot save files (most of the time), how to solve?, just with a more global problem than just Firefox: I cannot install or uninstall as soon as the %temp folder is ...
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After a failed Big Sur Update, of 17GB that was previously available only 5GB remains free on my machine. What to do next?

I had 17GB of free before triggering Big Sur update from System Prefrences > Software Update > Upgrade Now. Midway through that process I shut the lid of my MacBook the update to fail. It says ...
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When are the temp files/directories in “/var/folders” automatically deleted in macOS?

How often and under what conditions are files under /var/folders/ removed? Where can I find any official documentation or notes on this? I've searched but haven't even found a mention of it. If an ...
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Massive temporary file after a BSOD

I got a Windows 10 BSOD that collected results up to 55 or 60% then restarted. After the restart, I got a 2.31 GB file named DUMP18c7.tmp in the root folder of the drive where the equally massive ...
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Windows 10:"Temporary files" suddenly taking up as much space as "Apps & features", but can't delete [duplicate]

I'm running Windows 10 version 1909, OS build 18363.900. After upgrading my Win 10 version, my HDD has been almost full, degrading performance. I now have about 40MB free on my 436 GB C:\ drive (my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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