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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
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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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find /tmp -name "twi*" -exec rm -f {} \;

You could run it as a cron job and forget it.
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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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by:DaveN6TEB
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Thanks for the suggestions, I will look for the twitter reference.
Dave
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by:DaveN6TEB
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I found one twitter reference but I still can find what processis creating the tmp files.
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by:DaveN6TEB
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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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by:DaveN6TEB
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Kind of treating the symptom and not the cause but this certinitly works.
Thanks,
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