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Bug 740032 - net-im/element-desktop-bin: large .org.chromium.Chromium.xxxxxx leftovers in /tmp
Summary: net-im/element-desktop-bin: large .org.chromium.Chromium.xxxxxx leftovers in ...
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal with 1 vote (vote)
Assignee: Stefan Strogin
Depends on:
Reported: 2020-09-02 08:01 UTC by Holger Hoffstätte
Modified: 2021-06-09 15:41 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

See Also:
Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---

Wrapper script to create/delete a temp dir (element-desktop,96 bytes, application/x-shellscript)
2020-09-02 08:07 UTC, Holger Hoffstätte

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Description Holger Hoffstätte 2020-09-02 08:01:54 UTC
element-desktop is Electron-based and creates multi-MB files named .org.chromium.Chromium.xxxxxx in /tmp. This alone wouldn't matter, but these files remain after the app has terminated, so starting/quitting the app several times quickly wastes a huge amount of space.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. start/quit element-desktop
2. find many duplicated .org.chromium.Chromium.xxxxxx leftovers in /tmp

Actual Results:  
Garbage leftovers in /tmp.

Expected Results:  
No leftovers.

As can be seen from the upstream report this was closed due to a lack of reproducibility, despite the fact that it can be readily reproduced with
current versions. I'll attach the mentioned wrapper script that I wrote when I still had my own element-desktop ebuild in my overlay; it would be great if this wrapper could be added to the Gentoo ebuild.
Comment 1 Holger Hoffstätte 2020-09-02 08:07:24 UTC
Created attachment 657878 [details]
Wrapper script to create/delete a temp dir

This wrapper script creates a temporary directory for element-desktop and deletes it after the actual element application has terminated. I'm sure it's not perfect (maybe needs proper signal handling) but it's a start and works for me and a friend. Right now I have this in /opt/bin, but it could also replace the symlinks
in /usr/bin.
Comment 2 Stefan Strogin gentoo-dev 2020-12-02 12:43:00 UTC
Hi Holger. Thanks for the report. Have you reported it to the upstream as well? Because I feel it might be not Gentoo-specific issue.
Comment 3 Holger Hoffstätte 2020-12-02 13:34:56 UTC
(In reply to Stefan Strogin from comment #2)
> Hi Holger. Thanks for the report. Have you reported it to the upstream as
> well? Because I feel it might be not Gentoo-specific issue.

Check the last comment on the linked URL? :)
I haven't reported it to Element though since it's clearly an Electron issue.
Comment 4 Holger Hoffstätte 2021-06-09 15:41:31 UTC
Someone reported this at Element: