What is the scratch directory used for ?

Article:TECH194795  |  Created: 2012-08-13  |  Updated: 2012-11-18  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH194795
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You may have noticed the scratch directory (for example D:\CW\V711\scratch) grow and change shape with it's subdirectories over the product life cycle.  This knowledge base article will describe what the scratch directory is used for.



The scratch directory is an integral part of the inner workings of the Clearwell product.  Some part of the uses of the scratch directory are proprietary and the details can not be discussed publicly.  In general the scratch directory is a catch all working directory of information that can not easily be categorized and is used as a holding place for information on its way to a more permanent location. Below is a list of some of the directory uses:
  •     Reviewer cache
  •     System configuration information
  •     Temp space
  •     Third party temp space
  •     Reporting information
  •     Logging information
  •     Database information
  •     some maintenance batch information
The list above is not intended to be comprehensive.


Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH194795

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