Location of temporary files

jbsoundjbsound Posts: 35
edited August 15, 2006 1:24PM in SQL Toolkit Previous Versions
Is there a way to specify where the temporary files are created?

I looked at the TempFile class, but it doesn't seem to contain a property or method to set the path for the temporary files.

As discussed in a different thread, we have the issue of a large database seemingly requiring a large amount of temporary space in order to do a transfer. So the thought was to rewrite the application to store the temporary files on a drive that had sufficient free space.

Any suggestions?



  • Brian DonahueBrian Donahue Posts: 6,590 New member

    It can't be set in the API, but if you add an environment variable to the application called RGTEMP, the application will use the location specified in the environment variable.
    using System;
    using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
    using System.Security;
    using System.Security.Permissions;
    namespace SQLCompareCodeSnippets
         class Class1
    // Import the Kernel32 dll file.
    [DllImport("kernel32.dll",CharSet=CharSet.Auto, SetLastError=true)]
    // The declaration is similar to the SDK function
    public static extern bool SetEnvironmentVariable(string lpName, string lpValue);
    static void Main( )
    SetEnvironmentVariableEx("RGTEMP", @"c:\temp");
    public static bool SetEnvironmentVariableEx(string environmentVariable, string variableValue)
    		// Get the write permission to set the environment variable.
    		EnvironmentPermission environmentPermission = new EnvironmentPermission(EnvironmentPermissionAccess.Write,environmentVariable);
    		return SetEnvironmentVariable(environmentVariable, variableValue);
    	catch( SecurityException e)
    		Console.WriteLine("Exception:" + e.Message);
    	return false;
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