The /tmp and /var/tmp
directories are both used to store temporary files, but their use is slightly different.
- When a program writes temporary files in /tmp, don't expect to find it at the launch of another program..
- Indeed this directory can be cleaned out anytime. In the vast majority of distributions, this directory is cleaned at each reboot.
However, the files written to /var/tmp
will be kept after restart.
Thanks to sebsauvage for this tip.