Easy way to kill a 5.x/6.x box as a basic user.

Daniel O'Connor doconnor at gsoft.com.au
Fri Oct 28 05:42:39 PDT 2005

On Fri, 28 Oct 2005 20:59, Michael A. Koerber wrote:
> I have found that ImageMagick writes to (and often fills up) /var/tmp...my
> system becomes sluggish, dies, reboots.

Your system shouldn't reboot - it is probably panicing for some reason and it 
would be good to know why.
Can you enable crash dumps? (The handbook says how)

> The solution I have used is to 1) create a /usr/tmp, 2) remove /var/tmp ,
> 3) make a symbolic link between /usr/tmp and /var/tmp.
> Perhaps ImageMagick could be patched to use a /usr/tmp directory for
> scratch.

Personally I always link /tmp, /var/tmp and /usr/tmp to a tmp directory on my 
largest partition. This is a per system policy issue though so doing it by 
default is not the right answer. 

Daniel O'Connor software and network engineer
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