I respect the moderators and experts on the site immensely - they have been a great source of help and advice but this anti- Bleachbit seems like an over reaction.Pjotr wrote:Meet the latest victim of that horrible piece of semi-malware called BleachBit:
The OP that had the issue referred to above wrote the following; " Last week I run bleachbit ( as root ) and check all the box" The OP goes on to say they are new to Linux and do not know what they are doing. As many folks have pointed out there are many dangerous things that noobs and folks who don't know what they are doing can do in Linux including commands and Updates. So let's keep Bleachbit in perspective. Yes it can be dangerous if you don't know what you are doing and yes in can be a helpful and convenient tool if you do.
majpooper wrote:Folks on this forum are quite opinionated concerning Bleachbit. There has been some, how shall I say it, strong opinions back and forth. By and large the most experienced and knowledgeable folks advise against it. Having said that I have had zero issues with it and use it occasionally. However I never use the wipe option which seems to have caused some real problems. Also I follow some guidelines I found way back when during my research for a OS "cleaner"
Anyway here are the guidelines, they are kind of general and depends exactly what apps and browsers you use. Again I use these every so often and have had no issues whatever - wish I could give credit where credit is due but I cannot recall now exactly where these came from but definitely a trusted source.
1.) APT - Don't check anything here. I prefer to use "sudo apt-get autoclean" and "sudo apt-get autoremove" so I can observe what's going on inside the Terminal when I run these commands.
2.) Bash - Check this to clear your history of Terminal commands.
3.) Chromium - Check everything here except passwords.
4.) Deep Scan - Don't check anything here.
5.) Firefox - Check everything here except crash reports and passwords.
6.) Flash - Check everything here.
7.) Libre Office - Check everything here.
8.) System - Don't check anything here when running as User; instead, I enable some of these when running as Administrator; see below***
9.) VLC Media Player - Check everything here.
10.) X11 Debug Logs - Don't check anything here.
***Running Bleachbit as Administrator:
1.) APT - Again, do not check anything here.
2.) Deep Scan - Again, do not check anything here.
3.) System - Here I'm very conservative. I only check broken desktop files, clipboard, recent documents list, temporary files, and trash. Leave everything else unchecked.