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fb_tmpclean (1) Versions 0.0.1

Install/Configures tmp file cleaning

cookbook 'fb_tmpclean', '~> 0.0.1'
cookbook 'fb_tmpclean', '~> 0.0.1', :supermarket
knife supermarket install fb_tmpclean
knife supermarket download fb_tmpclean
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fb_tmpclean Cookbook

This cookbook allows you to customize how you would like directories cleaned to ensure more appropriate filesystem cleanup.


Supports three platforms: * CentOS = tmpwatch * Debian = tmpreaper * macOS = tmpreaper


  • node['fb_tmpclean']['default_files']
  • node['fb_tmpclean']['directories']
  • node['fb_tmpclean']['excludes']
  • node['fb_tmpclean']['timestamptype']
  • node['fb_tmpclean']['extra_lines']


Anywhere, in any cookbook, you can set tmpclean to be tuned to the needs of a tier or server. By default, tmpclean takes time in hours, or you may suffix with m (minutes), h (hours), or d (days).

The attributes are used like this:


This is the lifetime of the files that are cleaned up by default by the respective packages. It defaults to 240, and the files covered are:

  • CentOS Includes (if exists) /var/{cache/man,catman}/{cat?,X11R6/cat?,local/cat?}


This is a hash of directories you'd like cleaned and the lifetime of files.

Add other entries as you need.


This is an array of files to exclude from cleaning in all directories listed in node['fb_tmpclean']['directories'].

Both tmpwatch (CentOS) and tmpreaper (Debian, macOS) use shell patterns for excludes. However, these "shell patterns" differ subtly on the two platforms, so test carefully. The defaults for excludes change per platform.

When the cron job is built, each of the excludes is appended to the list of directories with a slash appended to the directory name. An exclusion of /tmp/file with a directory of /tmp will result in a -X of /tmp//tmp/file. The way the options are constructed, each exclusion is appended to each directory to create absolute paths.

for dir in directories:
    for exclusion in exclusions:
        print '-X ' + dir + '/' + exclusions


By default we tell tmpwatch (on CentOS) and tmpreaper (on Debian and macOS) to use mtime, but you can change this by setting node['fb_tmpclean']['timestamptype'] to atime.

To ensure that empty directories get removed, we still force tmpreaper to use mtime on directories even when using atime for files, since directories' atime get updated when their contents get tested.


An array of extra lines that will be put, verbatim, into the config file.


node.default['fb_tmpclean']['directories']['/home/zuck'] = 1
node.default['fb_tmpclean']['extra_lines'] << "LINE"


A boolean value which determines whether or not tmpwatch will remove special filetypes.


  • default_files = 240 hours
  • excludes are set per-platform based on the tool's defaults. See `attributes/default.rb'
  • remove_special_files defaults to false to avoid a default case that may be dangerous

Dependent cookbooks

fb_helpers >= 0.0.0

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FC066: Ensure chef_version is set in metadata: fb_tmpclean/metadata.rb:1
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