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Part: V Appendixes > TEMP and TMP

TEMP and TMP

Many programs use the TEMP environment variable as the preferred place to create and delete temporary files. This environment variable evolved somewhat informally, which is why it has two popular spellings: TEMP and TMP. TEMP is the more common variation and is the one DOS uses. Typically, if the TEMP environment variable isn't defined, the program creates its temporary files in the root directory of the current drive (or sometimes the startup drive).

DOS creates the following types of files in the directory pointed to by the TEMP environment variable:


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