Subject: Re: misc/1919: merging functionality of netstart, etc, into rc
To: der Mouse <mouse@Collatz.McRCIM.McGill.EDU>
From: Greg Hudson <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 01/10/1996 16:36:08
> - The "clearing /tmp" code is yanked entirely; this should be done by
>   cron, not rebooting.  (Doing it on reboot cleans out /tmp both too
>   often - essentially, it means /tmp is useless to humans because
>   anything in there may be torched randomly if the machine crashes -
>   and not often enough, because if the box doesn't die it never gets
>   cleaned out.)

It's a design principle of /tmp that it is not preserved across reboot
(see hier(8)).  Yes, it's useless to humans; they should use /var/tmp.