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Re: Temporary files and RAM Disk

From: Greg Ford <greg(at)>
Date: Thu Oct 23 2003 - 10:09:22 GMT
> We discussed temp files quite a bit in the past, but I don't remember
> the issues.  I can't remember if it was a security issue or a
> portability issue.  I see in the code a reference to the
> Secure-Programs-HOWTO, and I do remember having mkstemp() recommended
> over tmpfile().  But, frankly, I don't remember the details.
> The other issue that comes to mind is other platforms.  IIRC, Windows
> (or perhaps some Windows versions) won't allow unlinking an open file.

I don't think mkstemp() is supported under Windows (at least not underVC++).
I can't find it in the VC++ docs.

I also suspect you are right about Windows not allowing open files being
Most likely all Windows versions are similar in this respect.

Greg Ford
Received on Thu Oct 23 10:09:33 2003