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vmware creating "...std_filelist" files in /tmp and these files are accumulating, never being deleted

Created: 02 May 2013 | 11 comments

i look on the master appliance in the /tmp directory and have files dated back to last year and these files have zero bytes.  The names for these files for ex:  are:

vmware_cisco+27134+1.std_filelist

vmware_cisco+29140+1.std_filelist

vmware_cisco+4967+1.std_filelist

I am thinking these are from a  vmware policy that queries for the VM's on a cluster and then will backup the VM's.

I applied a patch  for cleaning up /tmp ,,"SYMC_NBAPP_EEB_ET2967999-2.5.1.0-3.x86_64.rpm",,  thinking this would solve the problem, it did not require a reboot.

I have 5220 appliance on 2.5.1 and netbackup version 7.5.0.4. 

i dont know why these are accumulating or if these are needed or what is needed to keep the clutter out of /tmp.

thanks in advance

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Mark_Solutions's picture

I have also seen that .vmdk files can accumulate in /tmp if you have failed VMWare backups

I have raised this with support as i also had the EEB for this issue (possibly created following the call being logged for my customer) and i also feel that this EEB does not actually work

I have asked a couple of time but have been met by silence - I will chase it again

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Kevin Lamb's picture

Hi Mark,

Did you get anything back from support as I am alos seeing this behaviour on bith my Linux master and media server.

Kev

DuckTape's picture

My support has sent me a EEB   ET2982308-2.5.1.0-1 they received from Symantec. It was not made public yet because i could not find anything on this to read. I have applied and will see over next few days what it does and post results.

but they commented it should take care of the VMDK files left over because they are also a problem, i dont know about the other files.

Mark_Solutions's picture

That is the same EEB we were supplied with - I will see if it has done anything since it was applied

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DuckTape's picture

3 - 4 days later the .VMDK are being removed. But  in /tmp  the ".std_filelist"   and in /usr/openv/temp  the  ".txt"  files are still lingering around.

Mark_Solutions's picture

Do these look vmware related or could they be telemetry related?

ET2986967 is needed to keep the telemetry files in check

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DuckTape's picture

VMWARE , i think the  "std_filelist" is for each vmserver in my policy (which queries the vcenter) retreives. these are also zero bytes.  i dont really know about the ".txt"  is seerms random for servers that are not VM.

Mark_Solutions's picture

AH! - the VMWare query results - haven't seen a fix for that on any system - Windows Servers get a huge amount in their temp directory too.

if the .txt relate to server names i am unsure what they are - are they readable or just empty?

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DuckTape's picture

for the most part ,un readable. at the very top they seem to point to one of my policies that just backup 2008 OS.  these are oracle servers but it dont happen to all of them and sometimes not everyday. i am still trying to figure out what/where they come from.

Mark_Solutions's picture

Sound like NetBackups own temporary files as it works through policies and settings - how far back do they go?

If only a few days i wouldn't worry about them, it is just NBU's own cache / temp location

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