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Old Mar 23, 2007, 1:47 PM   #1
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Any ideas? I've just discovered a bizarre set of files wihch have the image name followed by edTMP - in some cases even a series of edTMP!! I was horrified to find around 15 GB of these little monsters. Yet the files are perfect photo files. The original file still remains untainted, so to speak...

Software is Elements 5 and Photoshop CS2. But I can't get the beasts to appear when I use the software separately or together.

It can't be any other editing programs because I have got any!

I'm totally mystified.

Help!

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Old Mar 24, 2007, 12:30 AM   #2
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These are probably the intermediate files created when editing pictures, stored on scratch disk. I think they are supposed to be purged when you close your editing program, but for some reason, your system isn't doing that. What is the path for the files? If a temp folder, you could most probaably purge them without harm. Best bet for an answer should be Adobe tech support or user forums.

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Old Mar 24, 2007, 1:12 AM   #3
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Don't think they are produced by Photoshop.
Even if they are discarded on closing, I searched for the filename while PS was open and I'd done some editing.
Found none.

TMP is probably common to most systems to mean Temporary.
The ed bit seems to be a Unix type file or command.

So, question....are you on a Mac, or using Linux ?

If so, that is the likely source of the files.
ed is one of the commands to do with file viewing and editing.

Chances are you can delete them safely as they are (possibly) temp files, but....
.....try viewing them with your operating system viewer and not PS.

Oh, check what size the files are.
If they are what you know to be 'original' file sizes, then perhaps you better not delete them !

Though as Brian said, if they are in a temp folder, then....it's up to you ;-)
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Old Mar 24, 2007, 1:22 AM   #4
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Hi sorry, should have said...
PC, XP user.
Files are EXACTLY the same as the original and in the same directories as well.
I suspect somewhere the editor has lost its ability to delete temporary files.
Must be PS related as it has done the same to PSD files as well.

Have reinstalled Elements completely...that seems to me to be the only common factor.

Bizarre...because my backup hard drive had also the same edTMP files going back to 2004!

Thanks for your interest - Howard
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Old Mar 24, 2007, 5:06 AM   #5
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I should have realised when you said you had Elements 5. It's not available for the Mac :roll:

However, I couldn't find reference to the files regarding Photoshop.
I searched the Adobe user to user forums and came up with nothing.
The only Google references that made any sense were about Unix/Linux/Mac.

Stumped !

Where precisely did you find the edTMP files Howard ?
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Old Mar 24, 2007, 5:16 AM   #6
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These rogue files were always in the same folder as the originals. It seemed as though some error crept into the program and did not delete the temporary files. They were equally spread throughout my back up hard drive! No doubt they will appear on my backup DVDs too!!
They carried the same data as the originals, were the same size AND the same quality. They also appeared attached to PSD files.

Anyway, not to worry. I've deleted around 8000 of them! My hard drive has suddenly and miraculously acquired loads of free space

I've also deleted and re-installed Elements and the problem so far does not seem to have returned :G

I think we can remain stumped...but I'd guess a program error had crept in somehow.
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I'll save the headache for another day then ;-)

So long as you still have the originals....
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Old Mar 24, 2007, 9:13 AM   #8
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Oh yes indeedy! I'm ALWAYS careful about that...

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Old Mar 24, 2007, 12:13 PM   #9
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they are temporary edit files from photoshop

i have had some, from when ps or xp crashes while editing, for some reason they dont get deleted

its safe to get rid of them manualy as u have done

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after you finish your editing process (es) and save as work make sure you CLOSE the (original) image or PS will save it for you
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