Hello. I have just recently discovered Linux Mint and have decided to use it as an alt. portable desktop / recovery system on my 4 gb usb drive. ( Using this <http://www.pendrivelinux.com/linux-mint-6-flash-drive-install-via-cd/
> method, btw ) It has worked out very well so far. This is by far the most usable ( 'elegant' if you will,
) USB install I have tried. As with all the other USB installs I have tried, however, I have to choose applications very carefully so as not to use up all of my rather limited free space.
So here's the problem:
When I installed it, the first thing I did was check my free disk space. It was more or less the same number I had selected on the USB creator. ( ~1.7 gb or something ) I then turned off the downloaded package archive 'feature' in synaptic, and preformed a system update using mintupdate. It said it would take up >300k of extra space. Fine. I have 1gb free anyway. However, when it finishes, I check my free space again and find that it has plunged dramatically to 200MB
. So I decide to remove openoffice.org in favor of the lighter abiword, and to get rid of brasero and a few other packages I have no use for. ( All via synaptic ) That gets it to just over 400MB free. I decided that that was enough free space for the moment, so I went and got a few packages I had *use* for ( inkscape, blender, gnome games
) and that took it down to ~200mb free again. Later the freespace issue starts bugging me again, so I go and install localepurge, deborphan/gtkorphan, xdiskusage (exact name of package fails me) , and bleachbit. I run them all, along with a few 'apt-get clean/autoclean' 's and it gets me ~50MB, which I soon reuse with files from my other computer for backup. I'm still >700 mb off of what I started with.
Ok obviously there's something I am missing here. When I ran the update, where did all of my space go?
The downloaded files were deleted, as I defined in the prefs section in synaptic. I suspect that the debs were deleted but their extracted residuals were left on the disk, but that is just a wild guess.
I don't want to get too long, sorry. Does anyone have any idea how to clean up space after a gigantic software update?
Any help is appreciated.
PS I just realised I wrote the whole post in present tense.