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How do you clean up Linux and why?

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  • Started 1 year ago by gregoryshock125
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gregoryshock125
gregoryshock125
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In windows you have a program called Diskcleanup. You can also add on other utilities like Ccleaner. I have been wondering If or what programs in Linux does the same thing for the Linux system. Also How often a person should do it? I've already discovered on my system two programs for cleaning up stuff. But as far as what they are cleaning and if it is good or not, I don't know. The One program is called Janitor. The other I found in the ubuntu software center. It is called: Bleachbit. My goal here is to get rid of Cache and other unneeded stored information. Also on Windows I use CCleaner to get rid of flash cookies. How do you do that on Linux?

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Ruja
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I use the Computer Janitor utility included with Ubuntu Tweak for my Ubuntu. I suspect it is the same you speak of, but fine-tuned to be a bit safer to use. It is only a matter of disk space, it removes browser caches, installation files cache, unused packages and old kernels (which you could use in case there is a problem with a new one), it won't make your computer faster. I use it maybe once every 3 months.

http://blog.ubuntu-tweak.com/

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whs
whs
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BleachBit is very similar to CCleaner, except it comes in 2 flavors. One root flavor for cleaning up the system files and a non-root flavor for the browser temporaries, etc.

Maybe you did not use the root version.

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gregoryshock125
gregoryshock125
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@whs I have both versions and I used the root version. It was slow, and could have messed up the OS. (The OS is still working, but you know how issues can rise later on) I'm just learning, so I don't care if something I do happens to mess up the OS. If it does I will just reinstall and start over.

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whs
whs
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Make images before you run the cleaner. Then you can easily recover. Here is a good program: http://redobackup.org/

On my system, BleachBit is fast. But I am running on a SSD.

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Lighthouse
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I tested BleachBit on Windows comp a few years ago. I seem to recall it messed up the system (don't remember exactly what)

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whs
whs
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I use it in Linux Mint and it never messed up anything. Don't know how it was 'a few years ago' and on Windows, but now it works perfectly in Mint - and I assume in the other Linux distros too.

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vistamike
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http://www.howtogeek.com/11697.....for-linux/

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whs
whs
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Good link Mike. Have to study it.

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