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    Re: HOWTO: Cleaning up all those unnecessary junk files...

    Possibly add "apt-get clean" the list as a partner to autoclean?
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    Re: HOWTO: Cleaning up all those unnecessary junk files...

    Cool Tips. Thanks a lot. I normally use aptitude to install packages to avoid leaving things unused on the system, but as I do sometimes use apt-get/synaptic, there are always things left behind.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: HOWTO: Cleaning up all those unnecessary junk files...

    Cool guide. You can also use deborphan with a GUI by installing GTKorphan.
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    Re: HOWTO: Cleaning up all those unnecessary junk files...

    Hi,
    Thanks for the guide. It's great.
    Would you guys have an explanation for this:

    I go Custom > Orphaned (the name I gave it) and I get lots of stuff supposed to be removed. The pbm is when I righ-click on them I can't remove anything

    I only get: "Mark for installation".

    I'm a noob and I wonder:

    What's all this stuff doing in my "Orphaned"?
    Should I intall them and then remove them? (no doubt this is stupid).

    Thanks for any help you give me.
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    Re: HOWTO: Cleaning up all those unnecessary junk files...

    nice little how to.

    quick question about tip#3. when selecting language, it pre-selected all the "en" in the list. i clicked next, and let it go. is that ok? if not, what do i need to do to correct it? remove and re-install?

    also, the localepurge failed to configure correctly, but is installed. this has happened on 2 out of 5 systems. what's that mean? i see there is another posting on page 1 of this thread, about that doing the same on their system.

    another also. when i try to remove the residual nvidia-glx, i get an error code 2 or 10 on those same 2 systems.

    thanks
    Last edited by missmoondog; April 10th, 2006 at 12:38 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Cleaning up all those unnecessary junk files...

    Quote Originally Posted by xyz
    What's all this stuff doing in my "Orphaned"?
    Should I intall them and then remove them? (no doubt this is stupid).
    Of course, that's not a good idea. I supose that the filter is not working well. Check in Settings>Filters, and Selecting Orphaned (the name you gave) that the only option checked is "orphaned"

    Anyway, having this filter just makes things easier, but you can always use the command on Tip #4.

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    Re: HOWTO: Cleaning up all those unnecessary junk files...

    If you want to reduce the risk of your system filling up with log files, install the following packages:

    logrotate
    anacron (for machines not left running 24/7)

    You can also edit /etc/default/rcS and set:
    Code:
    TMPTIME=1
    to only keep files in /tmp for one day (then a cron job should get rid of them).
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    Re: HOWTO: Cleaning up all those unnecessary junk files...

    Quote Originally Posted by uantuzri
    Of course, that's not a good idea. I supose that the filter is not working well. Check in Settings>Filters, and Selecting Orphaned (the name you gave) that the only option checked is "orphaned"

    Anyway, having this filter just makes things easier, but you can always use the command on Tip #4.
    Check in Settings>Filters, and Selecting Orphaned (the name you gave) that the only option checked is "orphaned"
    That was it! Thanks a lot for pointing it out to me.
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    Re: HOWTO: Cleaning up all those unnecessary junk files...

    Another place we probably will overlook:
    Trash folder in the Home directory.

    I just found that 3.4GB of waste in that folder was eating my HD for months.

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    Re: HOWTO: Cleaning up all those unnecessary junk files...

    nice, good tips... good job showing the gui tools too, however, I can see tips 1,2 & 4 being something to do regularly, or at least repeatedly. So how about the command line equivalents for these? Might could make a script and setup a cron job for it.

    so:

    TIP #1 - Residual Config Packages

    dunno, looking it up, if you know it or find it before me please post.

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