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How can I use temporary storage on my local workstation?

Modern Athena workstations provide several GB of storage on local disk. This can be used for short-term storage of large amounts of data. Please note, however, that on cluster machines, or QuickStations, this should not be used for storing confidential data after you logout, since another person could log in as the root user and access the data.

There are 2 locations for temporary storage:

  • /tmp - Files in this directory are not guaranteed to last longer than your login session.
  • /var/tmp - Files in this directory should be available for approximately two days.

This storage is provided as a convenience only - it is not backed up, and we can make no guarantees about its security.

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March 25, 2017

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