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January 14, 2007

Remove temp folder contents on shutdown

A few days ago Codejacked wrote an article talking about Delete your TEMP files on shutdown for Windows. As much as I loved the article, I have recently switched over to Ubuntu. Like all operating systems, GNU Linux has temporary files also. Here’s how to delete them on shutdown.

  1. Back up what you’re going to working on.
        sudo cp /etc/init.d/sysklogd /etc/init.d/sysklogd_backup

  1. Open the file in vim
        sudo vim /etc/init.d/sysklogd

  1. Find the following section
        ...
        stop)
        log_begin_msg "Stopping system log daemon..."
        start-stop-daemon --stop --quiet --oknodo --exec $binpath --pidfile $pidfile
        log_end_msg $?
        ...
        stop<span class="o">)</span>
        log_begin_msg <span class="s2">&quot;Stopping system log daemon...&quot;</span>
        start-stop-daemon --stop --quiet --oknodo --exec <span class="nv">$binpath</span> --pidfile <span class="nv">$pidfile</span>
        log_end_msg <span class="nv">$?</span>
        ...

  1. Add the following line after log_end_msg $? or before ;;.
        rm -fr /tmp/* /tmp/.??*

  1. Save the file and you’re set!

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