How To Deal With RAM:FILE FULL Messages


Users that share and copy the same T:LAN configuration file between a large number of units might occasionally run into RAM:FILE FULL log messages. It indicates that no further configuration changes can be stored in this T:LAN unit unless the user takes remedial action to free up some space in the Non-Volatile Configuration Memory (NVCM).


Customers seem to copy a small number of preset configuration files from unit to unit. Over the years, this may lead to an accumulation of legacy entries. Although the T:LAN OS does include code to remove older entries, that code is specifically designed to work only on:

  • deprecated entries, or
  • entries that have been replaced with newer versions with updated layouts.

This leaves behind a number of entries that have been in use at one time or another but may no longer be in use today. Especially if customers rarely upgrade their T:LAN OS firmware, or skip a large numbers of OS builds at once, thereby bypassing most of the built-in tools that would have taken care of the older entries automatically.

Starting with the Remote Commander Client Build 642 (RCC, Optima now provides a handy utility to deal with the RAM:FILE FULL situations.

These utility functions are built right into RCC. They allow the user to ‘slim down’ any T:LAN Configuration File (*.TCF).


Select the T:LAN Configuration File Cleaner option from the TOOLS MENU:


This will bring up the T:LAN Configuration File Cleaner dialog window:

Either copy & paste the file location of the T:LAN Configuration File you wish to clean-up, or click on the button to the right of the input box. Select the proper TCF file using the file selector:


Once the proper file has been loaded, observe the Current File/Free Space counter on the right:

You can now proceed to either manually clear out:

  • all recognized legacy entries,
  • pick out only a few select entries to be cleared, or
  • use the predefined ‘RARELY USED‘ selection criteria, or
  • use the predefined ‘SELDOM USED‘ selection criteria.

First, to select all listed entries, click on the check-box labelled ‘All‘:


To select/deselect all shown entries. Alternatively, you can also just pick individual entries from the list as required.

Or click on the ‘RARELY USED‘ button to clear out rarely used entries:


Or click on the ‘SELDOM USED‘ button to clear out entries that are seldom used:


Then click on the ‘CLEAN‘ button on the lower right:


This will bring up the last selector dialog:

Here you can choose whether or not the program will keep a backup copy of the original file for safety/documentation purposes (Optima recommended) or just overwrite the original TCF file with the cleaned up version.

At last, re-apply the modified file to the corresponding T:LAN unit(s).

Ralf Doewich

Optima, Inc.

Configuration, Hardware, Software, TCF, Tech Tips

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