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    General maintenance in Ubuntu

    As a Windows XP user, I had a pretty regular maintenance regimen for the OS; weekly running disk defrag, disk cleanup, CCleaner, Super Anti-Spyware, MS Security, etc with the occasional disk check thrown in.

    Is this kind of maintenance necessary for Ubuntu? What should I be doing and how frequently to keep my computer running well? Is it necessary to keep a buffer of free space for the computer to run smoothly?

    Thanks.

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    Re: General maintenance in Ubuntu

    I switched from XP to Ubuntu about 2 years ago. Not nearly as much maintenance needed in Linux/Ubuntu. Update when needed, and every blue moon, I clean up my installs:

    http://www.stchman.com/cleanup.html
    http://www.ubuntugeek.com/cleaning-u...in-ubuntu.html

    But this is mostly to clean up disk space and make myself feel good.

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    Re: General maintenance in Ubuntu

    Not much at all my friend. Ubuntu and other GNU/Linux systems have scripts that handle maintenance. Your best bet is to stay out of their way. I wrote a small article with some tips on my blog here:
    http://vbrummond.blogspot.com/2010/0...istrators.html

    Also take a look at BleachBit, it can be installed from the software center.
    http://bleachbit.sourceforge.net/

    For the tweaker in you, check out Ubuntu tweak, but be careful what you do. Though it seems like a very safe application.
    http://ubuntu-tweak.com/
    Last edited by NightwishFan; October 8th, 2010 at 02:33 AM.

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    Re: General maintenance in Ubuntu

    I'll look into that stuff, thank you.

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    Lightbulb Re: General maintenance in Ubuntu

    i agree with night bleachbit and ubuntu tweak are a must have for ubuntu users imho

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    Re: General maintenance in Ubuntu

    I disagree. Unless you are tight on disk space, there's nothing you need do. Linux seems to be excellent at cleaning up after itself.

    I used to use a cleanup script on a regular basis (also after coming from Windows), but I no longer bother.

    I have read comments from some people who had problems after using bleachbit.

    I think that ex-Windows users (me included) have a certain level of comfort with these cleanup routines, and it's scary to let go. But Linux doesn't need them.
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    Re: General maintenance in Ubuntu

    I'm going to split down the middle on this. Ubuntu is generally rather good at cleaning up after itself but there are some flaws as well. For example, all the updates leave their packages in your cache by default. This can grow quite large after a only a few months and can get to be well over 1 GB fairly quickly. I once saw 6 extra kernels left over through the course of a years or so. That's several hundred MB alone. Removing applications, even with purge, always leaves leftover folders in various parts of the filesystem. Unfortunately, there is nothing to be done about that but hunt them down manually. This isn't to say that Ubuntu is as sloppy as Windows. By comparison, it's an obsessive compulsive neat freak.

    Is cleanup/maintenance as critical as in Windows? Not in the least. Is it necessary at all? Yes. The average user could easily get away with running say Ubuntu Tweak's cleanup once a year. Could you get away with never doing it? Most likely.
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    Re: General maintenance in Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuneOfLoon View Post
    Is it necessary to keep a buffer of free space for the computer to run smoothly?
    You must have free space available to log in. Don't let / become 100% full.
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    Re: General maintenance in Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Locke_99GS View Post
    You must have free space available to log in. Don't let / become 100% full.
    By default, Ubuntu sets a 5% system reserve on all partitions. Because of this, you can't ever get an HDD to 100% unless you start messing with tune2fs.
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    Re: General maintenance in Ubuntu

    System-> administration-> computer janitor once in a while should do it


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