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WARNING newcomers to linux should not be advised to use bleachbit. It can and does b0rk systems very quickly, in seconds flat.Jaydemir wrote:I use BleachBit
+1. I don't even lknow of any reasonably knowledgeable Windows users who'll touch crap like that, and at least in WIndows there's some excuse for using it.catweazel wrote:WARNING newcomers to linux should not be advised to use bleachbit. It can and does b0rk systems very quickly, in seconds flat.Jaydemir wrote:I use BleachBit
Ah, yes, those apt-get commands you previously posted are very helpful.. I use those once a month or so.minitux wrote:if you keep your system for years and do not clean the apt cache you find yourself with many busy GBs and if you do not have a proper root partition do not go a long way
Aniway, I have always used the commands that I have previously posted and removed the old kernels or used the script I posted and for so many years that i use ubuntu and derivations ever had problems
I do not understand thisrevian wrote:Ah, yes, those apt-get commands you previously posted are very helpful.. I use those once a month or so.
those things remove things out of $HOME remove from the systemrevian wrote:You shouldn't need to clean much, except maybe, as Pjotr mentioned, old kernels. I try not to touch much of anything outside my $HOME directory. I've been using Mint for years and I've never run out of space due to system files.
I hope LM 19 or 19.1 will run by using LTS kernel. Updating kernels has been traumatic for me. I always use your very good tips, since 4 years ago, yesterday on Ubuntu, now on LM.Pjotr wrote:These are safe ways of cleaning your system:
The only practically relevant cleaning is getting rid of old kernels, though. In Mint 18.2 the average Mint user will probably install more "kernel updates" (i.e. new kernels) than he used to, which can add up after a while. Especially on small drives and on systems with a separate /boot.
Freed up 4 GB.
/tmpdirectory is by default cleared on reboot, so there's typically little need to do anything with that. There can be cases where
/tmpisn't cleared on boot, but by default in most distros (Mint included) it's blown away into nothingness.
$HOME/.cacheyou could clear out, such as thumbnails and the Firefox cache. That stuff can and does take up several gigs easily.
dpkg --purge, or, what I would say to be preferable:
apt-get purge) is all very well and wonderful (and it is!) but it ignores your
$HOMEconfiguration files. So go look at hidden files (files prefixed with a dot) within
$HOME/and see if you can find configuration files for programs you don't have installed anymore. DO NOT do this if you don't know what you're doing, though.
$HOME/.cache/mozillabecomes redundant. Unless of course you wish to migrate some Firefox stuff over to Chrome, or need to keep those files around in-case you return to the wonders of Firefox.