Temp files cleanup?

Noel Jones njones at megan.vbhcs.org
Sun Nov 25 01:50:57 CET 2012

On 11/24/2012 6:19 PM, Glenn Park wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 3:49 PM, Noel Jones <njones at megan.vbhcs.org> wrote:
>> On 11/24/2012 4:55 PM, Glenn Park wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> Testing a new system (Debian-installed amavis), I see that files in
>>> /var/lib/amavis/tmp are left hanging around.  Presumably a cron job
>>> was installed with amavis that cleans these out, BUT is there a reason
>>> amavis doesn't delete the unpackaged messages when it's done with
>>> them?
>> The email.txt and parts directory are intentionally left intact so
>> the filesystem doesn't waste the time to recreate them for each
>> message.
> I don't follow - email.txt appears to be the content of each message.
> What would be recreated if each message gets its own email.txt?

The file is left intact, and the contents is replaced with the next
message.  This eliminates an expensive metadata operation.

Please refer to the performance section of the amavisd-new website.

>> The parts directory will normally be empty when amavisd is idle, but
>> will have leftover files if there is a problem.  These files are not
>> cleaned automatically, as they may need to be examined for problem
>> solving.
> OK, so the issue (or my misunderstanding) is with only email.txt
>> These files and directories are security sensitive *must not* be
>> world-readable since mail in transit is processed here.
> That's exactly why I am concerned.  I'll have to find another TMPFS
> solution, but aside from that, can you explain why email.txt has to
> sit around with email content after amavis is done processing the
> associated message?  Does this content stay indefinitely?

Don't focus on how long the file sits around.  If it's
world-readable for 10 seconds or 10 days doesn't make that much
difference -- it must not be world-readable.

At any rate, a modern journaling filesystem will give about the same
real-world performance with amavisd-new as a TMPFS will.

Please refer to the Tips and FAQ -- general section of the
amavisd-new website for a discussion of the tmp files.


  -- Noel Jones

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