FileMaker Server 13 Tomcat Temporary Files - Safe to delete?

Discussion created by chris.schmitz on Jan 24, 2015
Latest reply on Jan 30, 2015 by chris.schmitz

I'm working on a project for a customer with a large database file. The data file (the solution uses a separation model) contains locally stored containers with a lot of images stored within. In total the data file is 8.12 gb.


I have the files hosted on my local install of FileMaker Server 13.


I got a message this morning from a bash script I have running in the background that my primary drive was running out of space. I ran a GrandPerspective scan and found that I have two copies of the data file in tomcat temp directories:


/Library/FileMaker Server/Admin/admin-master-tomcat/temp/tempDir-1919858627/

/Library/FileMaker Server/Admin/admin-master-tomcat/temp/tempDir861994606/


My assumption was that the files where similar to OS swap files and, therefore, I could turn off the server and they would be cleared out. This is not the case.


A couple of questions:

  • What are these files used for exactly?
  • Is there a safe way of deleting them via the Admin Console?
  • If there's not a safe way of deleting them via the Admin Console, will it break anything if I just remove them by hand via the command line?