TWIxxxxx files filling up temp folder

Ok, here is a strange one. I have recently taken over admin of several web sites at work. We use Red Hat with Joomla for the site creation.
in one of the sites the tmp folder keeps filling up with thousands of 0 byte files.
They all start with twi then are alpha numberic for the rest of the file name.
twiaaaaaa twiaaaaab currently I am in the 9's with twi9aaaaa  
When it runs out of letters it just adds another digit to the file name and keeps going.

The problem is once they reach a certain point they affect server tasks.
deleting them with rm only works to the 5th digit otherise it says too many files to delete.

I cant seem to determine the souce of the files and they are created at odd intervals througout the day and night.
Its been 5 days since I last cleard them out and I have over 90,000 this morning.

Ideas? Thoughts?

Thanks,
Dave
DaveN6TEBAsked:
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Jan SpringerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
find /tmp -name "twi*" -exec rm -f {} \;

You could run it as a cron job and forget it.
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abodetteCommented:
What all plugins do you use with the joomla sites?  I think I've seen temp files like that with a twitter plugin for simplemachines forums software.  Perhaps something similar?

A quick and dirty route would be to grep through the joomla directories for twi

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Jan SpringerCommented:
Note:  you can also manually run find to initially delete the file as it does not have the same limitations as calling "ls" or "rm" directly.
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DaveN6TEBAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions, I will look for the twitter reference.
Dave
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DaveN6TEBAuthor Commented:
I found one twitter reference but I still can find what processis creating the tmp files.
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DaveN6TEBAuthor Commented:
Still no luck. We do have a chat room on the site. I will get it shut down for a few hours and see if they stop.
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DaveN6TEBAuthor Commented:
Kind of treating the symptom and not the cause but this certinitly works.
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