Using tmpwatch to clear files from /tmp partition
In a Linux System, services like Apache, mysql write temporary files to /tmp partition. If /tmp partition is full then there is a high chance of service could crash.
To overcome this situation, we are going to use tmpwatch utility to clear the /tmp partition.
Let’s install tmpwatch utility. If its centos, we can install tmpwatch using yum utility.
yum -y install tmpwatch
To clear the tmp partition, execute the below mentioned command.
tmpwatch –all -mtime 24 /tmp
The above command will delete the files which are older than 24 hours.
To perform this task periodically, let’s add it in crontab
@daily * * * * /usr/sbin/tmpwatch –all –mtime 24 /tmp