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Paul Guthrie
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multiple mia*.tmp folders in %programdata% folder

Postby Paul Guthrie » Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:09 pm

I have noticed multiple folders called mia*.tmp (~100) in my %programdata% folder. E.g.

Directory of C:\ProgramData
...
01/05/2018 08:25 PM <DIR> miaB333.tmp
05/06/2018 11:47 PM <DIR> miaB684.tmp
08/02/2018 09:41 PM <DIR> miaB846.tmp
22/05/2018 09:05 PM <DIR> miaBAED.tmp
16/02/2018 01:04 AM <DIR> miaBBD4.tmp
27/07/2017 12:31 AM <DIR> miaBC93.tmp
16/10/2017 09:55 AM <DIR> miaC04F.tmp
05/06/2018 11:58 PM <DIR> miaC0F3.tmp
04/03/2018 11:11 PM <DIR> miaC44F.tmp
16/10/2017 11:56 AM <DIR> miaC48E.tmp
...

Each folder contains various data and sub-folders do do with setups.
Since these folders end in 'tmp' are they temporary folders which can safely be deleted?
How did the folders get there in the first place, and is there a reason why IA is not automatically deleting them if they are temporary?

thanks
paul g

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Re: multiple mia*.tmp folders in %programdata% folder

Postby Sheri_Steeves » Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:55 am

Hello Paul,

Did you ever get a reply on this, or a reason why it is happening?

I am seeing the same issue here in house as well as on some of my client's machines. Some of these folders are empty, and some have extracted setup files in them. Deleting them didn't seem to affect the uninstall of those products.

From testing, that folder is created when IA extracts the compressed setup program (I have a single self-extracting install). I haven't been able to reproduce the issue of the folder left behind; I've tried cancelling the install at various points, installing a previous version and having a later install version "upgrade" the older version. So far that directory is cleaned up. But at some point, it wasn't and I would like to know why.

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Re: multiple mia*.tmp folders in %programdata% folder

Postby Paul Guthrie » Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:02 am

hi sheri,
no i never did get a reply. However it seems that they are not causing any harm except for taking up space, and the fact that they have a .TMP name would indicate that they should be able to be safely deleted.
paul g

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Re: multiple mia*.tmp folders in %programdata% folder

Postby Sheri_Steeves » Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:08 am

Paul,

Thanks for the follow-up; I'm still looking into this as it bothers me; hate leaving extra data around on the client's machine.

If I find out anything I'll let you know.


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