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Suse 10.2 /tmp folder filling up after nightly backups

Posted on 2007-03-19
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Last Modified: 2011-09-20
I have a fairly fresh install of Suse 10.2 server with a 500gb hard drive for the OS and 3 500gb hard drives in a raid 5 equaling 1tb for the data. I went for the default partitioning setup since I am new to this and let things rip. Well so far all is good except one thing. I wanted to be sure of having backups so I scheduled a new backup daily going from the main drive to the raid setup nightly. Every single morning the /tmp directory is full of what appears to be temporary backup files. The /tmp directory appears to be a 10gb partition and you would think that would be enough ? The main 500gb is being backed up to the 1tb raid partition.

What am I doing wrong here ? I would think increasing the size would be a band-aid fix and would still fill up in time
Question by:ParanoidOne
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by:Duncan Roe
ID: 18751810
You need to say what is the backup procedure you are using. The fact that it leaves /tmp full every morning suggests to me that it's not actually working at present 0- well written software will delete temporary files on completion but if the temporary resource gets exhausted midway then they may not.
In other words, I suspect your backup process is failing nightly because /tmp fills up.
You can either give /tmp a *lot* more room (try 100GB but it might not be enough) or change the behaviour of your backup package or ditch that package in favour of something that doesn't use /tmp for intermediary storage.
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by:Duncan Roe
ID: 18751831
You can be as aggressive as you like in flushing /tmp with a root cron job, so you needn't worry about it filling up over time. My concern is that it may be filling up before one instance of a backup can complete.

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ID: 18752001
Well it was the backup that comes with Suse 10.2, you get to it through Yast2



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ID: 18752012
     I am also worried that no matter how much I flush the tmp folder, or how much I give /tmp it is always going to fill up quickly. Can anyone suggest a simple to use backup program that will backup into a single tar/gzip file ?
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Duncan Roe earned 2000 total points
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I simply back up using tar.

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