Temp directoryedit

By default, Elasticsearch uses a private temporary directory that the startup script creates immediately below the system temporary directory.

On some Linux distributions a system utility will clean files and directories from /tmp if they have not been recently accessed. This can lead to the private temporary directory being removed while Elasticsearch is running if features that require the temporary directory are not used for a long time. This causes problems if a feature that requires the temporary directory is subsequently used.

If you install Elasticsearch using the .deb or .rpm packages and run it under systemd then the private temporary directory that Elasticsearch uses is excluded from periodic cleanup.

However, if you intend to run the .tar.gz distribution on Linux for an extended period then you should consider creating a dedicated temporary directory for Elasticsearch that is not under a path that will have old files and directories cleaned from it. This directory should have permissions set so that only the user that Elasticsearch runs as can access it. Then set the $ES_TMPDIR environment variable to point to it before starting Elasticsearch.