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Re: [opensuse] How do i win some space back?
  • From: Basil Chupin <blchupin@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 20:56:05 +1100
  • Message-id: <4CFF5635.1090900@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 08/12/2010 19:15, Oddball wrote:
Op 8-12-2010 4:05, Basil Chupin schreef:


I just had a look at bleachbit and personally I would use it with caution. I ticked on an item just to see what would come up and I was shown that all of my data in Firefox would get wiped - all my bookmarks, cache, etc for example :-( .

However, there is another app. called computer-janitor which I have used and this one knows what it is doing - for example I know that I have 2 old versions of the kernel sitting here and it 'told' me that these 2 will be removed because they are no longer required.

But, this is just my thinking......


Hi B,


Yep, been some time...:-) .

It turned out that TB was the space hog, and what disturbed me most was that when i threw about 17.000+ mails away, nothing changed!

I use mc (midnight commander) and regularly check how large the mail directories in TB are. But as Ken said in one post today, you can control how much is kept by using the option in Preferences - but this is "drastic", so to speak, and works well if you don't care about keeping messages for future reference. For example, from earlier posts, Carlos keeps posts going back to when the world was first created :-D .

Most of the time I am not concerned about what those which contain posts which can be retrieved from the archives of the mail list to which I subscribe, but I do pay attention to SENT and SAVED. These last ones I archive first and then delete using TB's built-in feature (or even zap them using mc because the mail directories will get recreated and repopulated by TB when new mail of them arrives).

Doing this saves heaps of space. Use mc, for example, and see how much space is being used up by any of the mail directories. Archiving the biggies saves space (and then transfer the archives to some other media and therefore free the HD).

The other thing I do every second day or so - or when I remember :-) - is to copy both the mozilla and the thunderbird directories to either/both an USB flash drive or external USB HD

I thought it must be leftovers from updates or anything, and as i have many computers, it did not matter to me to throw the whole ~.thunderbird away...(mail gets in at least 3 of them every day so)
As i have lost so many files along the way, i could not realy get setimental over what i or anybody else had said somewhere in the past.

Nothing gets "lost" - unless you do something to make it go "lost" or the system crashes so horribly that you cannot recover and therefore things are "lost" :-) . Backup, backup, backup - backup only those files which you consider are important. For me, the only real important files are those sitting in ~/.mozilla, ~/.thunderbird, and ~/Documents. Perhaps also ~/.xine. As for the rest, all are re-installable.

Of course, there are also family photos, music files, and similar, but which are always copied to either CD or DVD and are therefore "immune" to system crashes.

Everything is changing fast anyway...

Eh, tell me about it...... :-( .

Nice you replied to the thread. ;-)

My pleasure, provided it gave you some info which would be of help to you - which is what I hoped it would do :-) .


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