On 9/3/08, Drupal (according to GoDaddy) started depositing thousands of 75-meg files within my hosting account at
/sites/default/files/tmp/. After not knowing this for a month (because they had no smart way of proactively notifying me of the alarming situation), it totaled 250 gigs in total. GoDaddy sent me a HUGE bill for disk space overage charges. I have been fighting with them tooth and nail about it for the past three days. They have discounted what they say I owe from that huge bill, but I have just had to pay a portion of it.
They say it was my fault (because Drupal did it and not them or some other sort of compromise) and I did have to pay some of it. It feels like robbery.
I have just deleted all the files in that directory. Once I did, more files slowly started appearing again. I then prevented write access to that directory using GoDaddy’s file manager tool. I believe that should disallow files from being written there, but I don’t know if they’ll appear somewhere else, why this is happening in the first place or what other adverse impacts there might be from this. Can you help me indentify why this is happening and how to stop it? GoDaddy says it’s a module in Drupal that keeps creating these 75-meg temp files, but I have no clue.
This was the final text from their tech support about this issue:
After further review it was found that the user application of Drupal itself is creating the files located in the
/sites/default/files/tmp. This appears to be related to a third party module component of Drupal itself and it is recommended that you change the permissions for this from the Administrator > Site Configuration > File System for this application that is creating the excessive files.