One-time temporary directories under Linux

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Occasionally I want to try some code out that I’ve found on GIT. Particularly for code that is not natively supported on a given target platform, trying to make it is often much quicker than reading the documentation. It’s just the hassle of cleaning up after myself that is a pain, particularly if you’ve cloned the code into an existing directory by mistake. Hence, I’ve created a little helper (I named it mtd, short for make temp directory), with the following source code.


# Create a temporary directory and store its name in a variable...
TMPDIR=$(mktemp -d)

# Exit if the temp directory wasn't created successfully
if [ ! -e $TMPDIR ]; then
    echo "Failed to create temp directory $TMPDIR"
    exit 2

# Make sure it gets removed even if the script exits abnormally
trap "exit 1" HUP INT PIPE QUIT TERM
trap 'printf "Removing $TMPDIR..." && rm -rf "$TMPDIR" && echo "Done."' EXIT

# Spawn the shell
echo "Starting a new shell in $TMPDIR... Type 'exit' to clean up."
bash --init-file <(echo "[ -f ~/.profile ] && . ~/.profile; \
                         [ -f ~/.bashrc ]  && . ~/.bashrc")