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KDE and /tmp

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 20:06
by sez

I think there's a configuration issue with KDE in Sabayon that's hopefully easy to solve. On the announcement for the latest Sabayon, there's this statement:
/tmp is now mounted on a very small tmpfs with nodev,noexec,nosuid options by default for greater security. Some exotic programs that insist on writing to /tmp may fail to run and they should be fixed upstream. Writing to /tmp is bad, and you should not use any software that behaves like this.
Unfortunately, it seems that one of the supported desktops, KDE, behaves like this. I was poking through System Settings and trying to install different splash screens, plasma themes, etc, and it seems that KDE downloads these into /tmp before unpacking them. I kept running out of space on /tmp trying to install a simple theme.

I'm thinking that there must be some way to tell KDE to use a different directory for /tmp, but I haven't been able to figure out how. Does anybody know how to do this? And if we can figure this out, probably it should be set as the default for new Sabayon installations, so that new users don't run into this.

Does anybody have an idea how to redirect KDE's use of /tmp to somewhere else? I was thinking $USER/tmp might be a good place.


Re: KDE and /tmp

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 19:55
by dunsurfin
I can't answer your question but I dealt with the issue by editing /etc/fstab

Re: KDE and /tmp

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 17:49
by sez
Yeah; I did the same thing, but I don't think that's the "Sabayon" way. I looked at the configuration of my work machine (running Netrunner, based on Kubuntu), and saw that I have various symlinks in my .kde folder:

cache-[hostname] -> /var/tmp/kdecache-[user name]
socket-[hostname] -> /var/tmp/ksocket-[user name]
tmp-[hostname] -> /var/tmp/kde-[user name]

All three folders in /var/tmp have stuff in them. So I started googling, and I found this: ... rary_Files

I created one of the symlinks and rebooted, but it doesn't look like any files are being created in /var/tmp/kde-[user name]. But I think I'm on the right track.

I respectfully suggest that perhaps whatever KDE configuration exists in other distros to redirect /tmp over to /var/tmp needs to be done for Sabayon, especially if Sabayon wants to restrict the size of /tmp.

Re: KDE and /tmp

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 22:23
by manifesto
On mine I have :

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sabayon ~ # ls /var/tmp  binpkgs  emerge-webrsync  entropy  kdecache-kdm  kdecache-pierre  kdecache-root
Sockets are in /tmp but this dont take space.
in home dir (.kde4) :
On mine I have :
I did not tune anything and I have many of this links (for all distros I share home dir with ):

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lrwxrwxrwx 1   15 21 févr. 20:26 tmp-calculate -> /tmp/kde-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   15 21 oct.   2012 -> /tmp/kde-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   15 23 mai   20:52 tmp-localhost -> /tmp/kde-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   15 24 oct.   2012 tmp-archx64 -> /tmp/kde-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   15 25 avril 01:26 tmp-manjarox64 -> /tmp/kde-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   15 26 sept.  2012 tmp-sabayon -> /tmp/kde-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   15 28 sept.  2012 tmp-bootstrap -> /tmp/kde-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   15 31 janv. 23:28 tmp-Rosa64 -> /tmp/kde-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   19 14 avril  2012 socket-sabayon -> /tmp/ksocket-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   19 15 mai    2012 socket-bootstrap -> /tmp/ksocket-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   19 18 juil.  2012 socket-chakra-x64 -> /tmp/ksocket-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   19 21 févr. 20:26 socket-calculate -> /tmp/ksocket-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   19 21 oct.   2012 -> /tmp/ksocket-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   19 23 mai   20:52 socket-localhost -> /tmp/ksocket-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   19 24 oct.   2012 socket-archx64 -> /tmp/ksocket-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   19 25 avril 01:26 socket-manjarox64 -> /tmp/ksocket-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   19 31 janv. 23:28 socket-Rosa64 -> /tmp/ksocket-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   24 21 févr. 20:26 cache-calculate -> /var/tmp/kdecache-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   24 21 oct.   2012 -> /var/tmp/kdecache-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   24 23 mai   20:52 cache-localhost -> /var/tmp/kdecache-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   24 24 oct.   2012 cache-archx64 -> /var/tmp/kdecache-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   24 25 avril 01:26 cache-manjarox64 -> /var/tmp/kdecache-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   24 26 sept.  2012 cache-sabayon -> /var/tmp/kdecache-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   24 28 sept.  2012 cache-bootstrap -> /var/tmp/kdecache-pierre
lrwxrwxrwx 1   24 31 janv. 23:28 cache-Rosa64 -> /var/tmp/kdecache-pierre

Re: KDE and /tmp

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 0:31
by sez
Well, the only difference I can think of is that I have Sabayon only on this machine, and no other distro. If you're sharing a home dir with other distros, maybe one of them created the symlinks?

Re: KDE and /tmp

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:56
by manifesto
As you can see the links do include the hostname with says which OS did what.
If you check further on the kde doc you can see :

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Cache Files
Symlink: $KDEHOME/cache-$HOSTNAME
Default destination: /var/tmp/kdecache-$USER/ 
which looks relevant of the situation I am in.
I checked on another PC with gentoo and it is same situation.