View Full Version : deleting .deb files from /var/cache/apt/archives/

July 11th, 2009, 12:18 PM
what would happen if i deleted the .deb files from /var/cache/apt/archives/. I'm using ubuntu remix if that makes a difference (don't see why...)

i recently went on a downloading spree on my eeepc and since i have limited storage space (and need to free up as much space as possible) i was wondering if (deleting)/(moving to flash stick) the stored .deb files would have nasty effects on my system.

while i don't see any problems doing this since the .deb files just install packages i'm a newbie to linux so i'm loath to do anything that will break my sexy new OS.

July 11th, 2009, 12:27 PM
Nothing bad will happen by removing the cache .debs. In fact, there is a command for doing just that:

sudo apt-get clean

There are also the autoclean & autoremove commands. Read exactly what the commands do by reading the man page, which gives good explanations for the options.

man apt-get

July 12th, 2009, 11:53 AM
Excellent. Many thanks.