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Tempfile no longer unlinks created files upon garbage collection #1133

svetlins opened this Issue Oct 16, 2013 · 2 comments


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svetlins commented Oct 16, 2013


We are having a problem since upgrading to jruby 1.7.4 in production - files created by Tempfile don't get deleted when the instances of Tempfile are garbage collected, only when the jruby process exits.

I've managed to track down the change of behaviour to the commit 607c6d5 .

There is a test for exactly this behaviour in test/test_tempfile_cleanup.rb which dutifully breaks at exactly this commit (running with jruby test/test_tempfile_cleanup.rb)

We are seeing a problem with this because we are using the paperclip gem which unfortunately creates a lot of Tempfiles without taking care of closing and unlinking them explicitly. I guess there are/will be a lot of people with the same problem as paperclip is a quite popular gem.

@headius headius closed this in 5561fcd Oct 21, 2013


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headius commented Oct 21, 2013

Thanks for the report!


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svetlins commented Oct 22, 2013

❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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