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I have gone through many updates and in %LOCALAPPDATA%\MonoDevelop-4.0\Cache\TempDownload it was 6GB
It should clean up after itself.
We have brainstormed with the team about this and the enhancement/fix we think we can do is to keep just the latest MSI for each channel (for each product).
As the updater doesn't allow you to go back in history and install previous versions, it's true that keeping them in the cache makes little to no sense.
It's currently scheduled for C10, but we may still be able to get in sooner if time allows.
I think keeping the latest MSI for each channel & product is reasonable in the case that customers want to switch between the channels and not re-download the msi.
Some customer complaints I've got in the past is how much storage Xamarin actually uses based on a FirstRun situation. Depending on how often one cleans their machine, this cache folder can really expand quickly over a time period of installing Xamarin updates.
The other note here is why are we using the old naming here? Customers won't clear out caches themselves given they think this is a separate product(MonoDevelop/Xamarin Studio).
Changing the milestone from C10 to 15.3 on the basis that 15.3 is focused on bug fixes, and this seems like a great candidate to be included.
If not at least it is back on the radar, and off a dead milestone.
This is ~7 months of downloading through the VS2013/15 XVS updater.
Fixed in version 184.108.40.206 (master)
Commit: 817e8626b37101684e7e8351aabef8cd77f29c56 (xamarin/XamarinVS)
Updating target milestone to 15.4 as this patch didn't land on 15.3