[SOLVED] Var partition filling up quickly!

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[SOLVED] Var partition filling up quickly!

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Perhaps, somewhat foolishly for a Linux newbie, I opted to manually partition. Unfortunately it looks like the 1.5 gb that I assigned to my Var partition is not going to be enough. Is this something that I can fix relatively easily with a partition manager app? I'm worried that if I start using a program like Thunderbird, this partition is going to go through the roof.

Any advice appreciated, thank you. I've attached a screen print of my file system.
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Re: Var partition filling up quickly!

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Thunderbird shouldn't be a problem, by default it stores everything in /home
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Re: Var partition filling up quickly!

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That does seem quite a lot for /var, mine occupies just 453MB, as an example.

There's a disk usage analyser with a gui in your all applications -> accessories menu, you can use that to analyse /var and identify what's filling her up. Mine reveals the main culprit as being apt's cache, taking up half of that space alone. I think you can clean the cache up, I don't know off the top of my head the commands but 'man apt' and follow the references, or try Googling for it. Of course I'd check with the disk usage analyser first to make sure that that is the cause, it could be something else.
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Thank you for your comments. I ran the Disk Usage Analyzer and my cache is also the main culprit at 570mb. If it's a 'cache', presumably I can trash it but I will do a little more research unless anyone has some additional advice. I've attached another screen print.
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And most of what's in cache is in archives, which I understand can be cleared with

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sudo apt-get clean
See this.
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Thanks rich - appreciated. Will give that a go!
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sudo apt-get autoclean 
Would probably be better.
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Re: Var partition filling up quickly!

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Yup, that's worked. My var partition is now back down to 19% Thank you all :D
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