[windows2000] Re: prf*.tmp-files galore

  • From: "Sorin Srbu" <sorin.srbu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2007 21:53:23 +0100

Charles R. Buchanan <> scribbled on Friday, December 21, 2007 1:23 PM:

Occasionally they are. I've seen that when there are lots of files in the
serverstored profile (500MB+), there's also a full load of failed profiles for
the same user on some computer in the c:\docs and settings-folder; like
root.domain.1-root.domain.345. Ie 345 folders for that partivcular user,
ineveitably filling up the c:\, at which point the user using that particular
computer can't logon anymore.

Delete them by reboot isn't good enough as most of the clients only get
rebooted on the patch-tuesday, if then...


> Of course I'm stabbing in the dark here, and maybe you can school me on
> this. Are having these files around during the normal workday a big
> problem? The reason I ask is, I was thinking that sometimes I try and
> delete files such as these (that are or were used by the system) and
> couldn't delete them, at least not until a re-boot.
> 
> So couldn't a script be made to delete these at re-boot, or maybe at
> shutdown? By the way, I haven't had my coffee yet, so I may still be
> a little punchy! :-D
> 
> 
> On Fri, 21 Dec 2007 11:41:32 +0100, "Sorin Srbu"
> <sorin.srbu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> actually had this to say: 
> 
>> Sorin Srbu <> scribbled on Friday, December 21, 2007 11:34 AM:
>> 
>> In any case, I scheduled the script I spoke of earlier, to run once an
>> hour on the profile server. Have a hunch the remaining prf-files might
>> have been an artefact due to manual tweaking or something. Will keep the
>> script running (scheduled) for a while and see if more prf-files will
>> accumulate. I'll report back in a few days. 
>> 
>> 
>>> Dan Manell <> scribbled on Friday, December 21, 2007 10:02 AM:
>>> 
>>> I believe it removed those prf-files that I previously changed the
>>> attribs on (removed RHS). See below CLI-dump. The visible prf-files in
>>> the listing are the ones I previously changed the attribs on. There are
>>> more prf-files, but thay are hidden. A second "del /F /Q /Ahrsa
>>> prf*.tmp" yields a "could not find"-message, and prf-files are not
>>> deleted. 
>>> 
>>> <CLI-dump>
>>> 2007-12-21  11:24    <DIR>          ..
>>> 2007-12-20  16:43    <DIR>          Desktop
>>> 2007-12-21  09:32    <DIR>          Favorites
>>> 2007-12-20  16:38    <DIR>          My Documents
>>> 2007-12-21  11:24         1 572 864 NTUSER.DAT
>>> 2007-12-18  17:10             1 024 prf4D65.tmp
>>> 2007-12-18  21:03             1 024 prf51EE.tmp
>>> 2007-12-15  09:10           524 288 prf673.tmp
>>> 2007-12-15  13:10           524 288 prf698.tmp
>>> 2007-12-15  15:10           524 288 prf6A2.tmp
>>> 2007-12-17  19:03             1 024 prf755.tmp
>>> 2007-12-17  23:10           524 288 prf77.tmp
>>> 2007-12-18  13:10           524 288 prfE13.tmp
>>> 2007-12-18  19:03             1 024 prfE93.tmp
>>> 2007-12-18  21:03             1 024 prfEA0.tmp
>>> 2007-12-19  11:03             1 024 prfF6E.tmp
>>> 2005-05-16  22:57    <DIR>          SecurityScans
>>> 2007-12-20  16:44    <DIR>          Start Menu
>>>               12 File(s)      4 200 448 bytes
>>>                7 Dir(s)  31 313 698 816 bytes free
>>> 
>>> V:\RotXP>del /F /Q /Ahrsa prf*.tmp
>>> 
>>> V:\RotXP>del /F /Q /Ahrsa prf*.tmp
>>> Could Not Find V:\RotXP\prf*.tmp
>>> 
>>> V:\RotXP>
>>> </CLI-dump>
>>> 
>>> [Get well soon, so the christmas will be saved! ;-)]
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> Nothing as in only a new line or do you get some kind of error?
>>>> Do the attrib commands actually remove the attributes from the files
>>>> and del just doesn't find anything to work with? Can you remove the
>>>> attributes manually via explorer?
>>>> 
>>>> Have you tried "del /F /Q /Ahrsa prf*.tmp"? That way you don't need
>>>> attrib. 
>>>> 
>>>> /Dan M
>>>> 
>>>> [I'm home sick today. And nobody else had answered yet, which is rare.
>>>> :-)] 
>>>> 
>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>> From: windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:windows2000-
>>>>> bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Sorin Srbu
>>>>> Sent: Friday, December 21, 2007 9:44 AM
>>>>> To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>>> Subject: [windows2000] Re: prf*.tmp-files galore
>>>>> 
>>>>> Dan Manell <> scribbled on Friday, December 21, 2007 9:38 AM:
>>>>> 
>>>>> Same thing; ie nothing happens. I can do a "dir /AHRS prf*.tmp" and
>>>>> get a listing of the offending files, but not delete them via the
>>>>> script. 
>>>>> 
>>>>> [Slow day at ITS, as you're showing up here? ;-)]
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>>> What happens if you run the command manually from CMD?
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> /Dan M
>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>>> From: windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:windows2000-
>>>>>>> bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Sorin Srbu
>>>>>>> Sent: Friday, December 21, 2007 9:00 AM
>>>>>>> To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>>>>> Subject: [windows2000] prf*.tmp-files galore
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> I keep collecting prf*.tmp-files in my profile that's stored on a
>>>>>>> dfs- share. I know those are open files that can't be written while
>>>>>>> synching the profile according to
>>>>>>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328607.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> So far none of them have proven to be any important data, so I
>>>>>>> figured I could create a scheduled task to automatically remove
>>>>>>> them from the central stored profile. 
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> So, I made a batch-script (basically a "del /F /Q prf*.tmp" for a
>>>>>>> few particular folders) and ran it and nothing happened... Checked
>>>>>>> the file-attribs and noticed the prf-files were marked HRSA, which
>>>>>>> would explain why the del-command in my batch-script couldn't
>>>>>>> delete them. No problem, I changed my script to include "attrib -R
>>>>>>> /S prf*.tmp", "attrib -H /S prf*.tmp" and "attrib -S /S prf*.tmp"
>>>>>>> and ran the script again. Still nothing...
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> I can delete them manually via Windows Explorer, but that is not
>>>>>>> feasible, I need an automatic way to do this.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> Do you guys have any hints ir ideas on how to do this?
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> TIA.
>>>> 
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