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Olga_1
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sh* files in /var/tmp

I have a lot files in /var/tmp that looks like sh16523.1
What are these files and can they be deleted?

Thank you.
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Pete Randall
Outstanding Contributor

Re: sh* files in /var/tmp

I think they're editor save files - you can delete them.

Pete

Pete
Christian Gebhardt
Honored Contributor

Re: sh* files in /var/tmp

Hi
- what type are these files:
file
- what timestamp
- can you read the files (ascii-files with cat, binary-files with strings)

If I am to guess, I would say it looks like the temporary output from a skript with the Unix-Pid in the name

Chris
Olga_1
Regular Advisor

Re: sh* files in /var/tmp

Chris,

The files can be opened. They look like editor text files with timestamp from Sep to Dec 16, 2002.

Thank you.
Pete Randall
Outstanding Contributor

Re: sh* files in /var/tmp

Olga,

Yes, I checked the ones on my systems and that's what they look like - editor save files.
You can cat them, more them, vi them, and safely delete them.

Pete

Pete
Dennis Handly
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Re: sh* files in /var/tmp

>What are these files and can they be deleted?

These are shell here documents, which can be removed.
I once found thousands there because I used exec, which doesn't clean them up.
Olga_1
Regular Advisor

Re: sh* files in /var/tmp

thank you
James R. Ferguson
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: sh* files in /var/tmp

Hi :

As Dennis noted, these are shell here-documents. Recovery files from the 'vi' editor can be found in '/var/preserve' and are named beginning with 'Ex'.

Regards!

...JRF...