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Chapter 5. Understanding Files and Directories > Using a Temporary Directory

Using a Temporary Directory

Many programs and some DOS operations use a directory as a temporary location to store scratchpad files. A scratchpad file is a file that is created as a buffer to store information temporarily before a permanent file is created. A good example of a program that uses temporary storage space is Windows. Windows creates .TMP files in the temporary directory to hold swapping information. Also, the Windows Print Manager uses the temporary directory to create files to hold print jobs. Other programs use temporary space as a place to store sorting information, backup copies of files being processed, and so on.

Traditionally, DOS users have created a directory called TEMP that branches off the root directory of C:. In fact, if this directory doesn't exist when you install DOS 6.22 using the Setup program, it is created for you automatically.


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