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Authored by: bigdog on Jan 16, '02 11:07:22AM

So Internet Explorer does leave these entirely large cache files even when you have your web cache set very low (mine is set to 0k all the time). So what's the deal?

Easy- the Download Cache is just that, your downloads. In preferences somewhere (I forget where) is a setting to remember the last X number of downloads. IE has a funny feature where it will actually not only remember the URL and where it was saved, but it also duplicates + caches the portion of any unfinished downloads. That's why, when resuming an unfinished download, you might see a very high speed for a few seconds as it re-loads the beginning of the file from this Download Cache. If you clear out your Download Manager completely (cmd+a [select all], cmd+delete [delete all/no confirmation]), your cache file should reduce in size. If it doesn't then you can manually delete the Download Cache file.


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Authored by: xchanyazy on Jan 16, '02 10:25:08PM

In IE prefs - Receiving Files - Download Options, there is a setting to remember the last 'x' completed downloads. However, mine is set to 10, and I know that the 10 pdf files I downloaded from my econ class did not take up 400 MB of space. I think this is where it would be controlled though, even if it doesn't seem to work.

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Authored by: TvE on Jan 17, '02 07:09:30AM
Sorry - but that trick did'nt work for me (374 MB).
I even quit IE to make sure it had a good chance to get rid of the temporary files.
My setting is a max of 10 MB...

How do you file a bugreport with Micro$oft - DO they actually listen to stuff like this (Yes, I ALSO still believe in miracles)?

;-] TvE

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