Questions related removing temporary, unnecessary, redundant files or libraries; also the questions for cleaning the cache, logs, etc.

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How can I tidy up the mess that is my Python installations?

I had a Ubuntu 12.04 system which I eventually managed to get Python 2.7 and Python 3.2 working together (with pip and pip3) and Python 3.3 (with pip3.3) for good measure. I've recently upgraded to ...
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How to remove unused or outdated folders?

I administrate a multi-user system that has had quite a lot of user turnover. The users who have left us still have a folder in the folder /home. I would like to remove the folders for the users that ...
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Can I automate filesystem cleanup?

I have a multi-user system and recently started receiving messages saying low disk space in filesystem /root and the same for /boot. /boot was at 100% capacity, so I ran: sudo apt-get ...
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How to clean up remnants of old versions?

I have a laptop with 14.04 installed on it, and I've had Ubuntu on this machine since 12.04. I notice that I have "duplicates" (old versions) of some programs, namely update manager, belonging to both ...
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Clean-up options for Ubuntu (13.10)

I am looking for good tools that can be used to get rid of useless clutter of the system. Note that I'm not talking about deleting useless things, that I can manually do. I am looking for tools like ...
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Electricity went out while installing software

Just installed 14.04 so I gave the software centre about 5 programs to install and I left it and went away. Then the electricity went out. What is the correct thing to do now? Most importantly I ...
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I can't delete old kernel, Ubuntu 14.04

I have tried Ubuntu Tweak, Synaptic and some command line stuff I found online, but nothing seems to work. This is the output of dpkg -l linux-image-\* | grep ^ii ii linux-image-3.13.0-24-generic ...
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analyse disk space usage of an encrypted home directory

I'm having some problems with a full disk. According to df -k I'm using 47 gb of data in my home folder and I have no idea where all of that data is hiding. I tried using the disk usage analyser aka ...
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About Removing apt-cache and old kernels in Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

I have upgraded ubuntu to 14.04 today, but in 14.04 ubuntu-tweak is not supported, I dont know how can i remove old kernels and apt-cache files Please anyone help me by sending command-line for ...
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Alternative of CCleaner in Ubuntu 13.10 [duplicate]

Is there any alternative software of CCleaner in Ubuntu 13.10. My laptop is running very slow, and Firefox also running slow and unresponsive.
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Error for make-kpkg clean

When I tried make-kpkg clean it shows the following error: exec make kpkg_version=12.036+nmu2 -f /usr/share/kernel-package/ruleset/minimal.mk clean ====== making target minimal_clean [new prereqs: ...
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HOw to clean up and fine tune Ubuntu [duplicate]

Are there any tools to clean and fine tune Ubuntu? My computer has become slow. I am using Chrome, Chromium and Firefox Running an Intel NUC. Specs: 16GB RAM 128GB SSD
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Cleaning Ubuntu temporary files if they exist

I need to do a lot of cleaning in my Virtual Machine whose Operating System is Ubuntu. Normally in Windows, there is this kind of directory that contain temporary files and that should be cleaned : ...
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What trusted file cleaning tools are available for Ubuntu?

I want to get a trusted file cleaning tool to remove unwanted files. When I try to add the Ubuntu Tweak repository it says it is from an untrusted repository. So, are there any trusted file ...
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Script to clean system [closed]

I want a script to clean my system. Clean unused dependencies. Clean apt-cache. Clean residual-config files. Remove broken packages. Only keep the latest version of packages and remove ...
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How to clean /var/cache?

When I woke up this morning, I found my root had filled overnight du -hx --max-depth=1 / 132M /boot 4.0K /media 16K /lost+found 16M /root 702M /lib 4.0K /OLDHOME 8.2G /usr ...
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Cleaning Ubuntu 13.10

I'm new with Ubuntu so I don't understand most of it. A few days ago, everytime that I start the computer, I have a prompt box saying that my disk is full and I have the option to check the disk with ...
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Deleting Crap necessary?

In Windows there were many crap files that inflated the system (like temp, browser temp, update fragments, old update files and so on). So in Windows there were tools like CCleaner really needed. ...
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Ubuntu download

Hi first time here and considering changing from Windows Vista, just need to know a few bits. I have a 'toshiba P100 laptop' but the preloaded Vista has sort of corrupted and no longer works. I am ...
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How can I limit the size of my ~/.cache folder

I'm running Ubuntu on a limited-size SSD, so I count every GB. Now, the ~/.cache folder grew to 1.7 GB (various applications such as Chrome, Spotify etc. filled it up) and now I'm wondering if there's ...
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How do I clear Software Center History?

I have old software center history from way back in June and I would like to clear it all but I have tried sudo rm -rf /var/log/apt/history.log /var/log/dpkg.log ut it did not work
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Cleaning the command line (like `ESC` in Windows)

When have the garbage in the command line, I can simply hit escape and it is cleaned. Nothing happens in Linux. What is the corresponding command? Backspace over the whole string is boring and stupid. ...
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How to reliably determine all folders not used in last 7 days?

I'm writing a script for cleanup job. The script needs to cleanup all folders which are not accessed for more than 7 days. Currently I'm using - for sub_folder in * ; do if [ -z $(find $sub_folder ...
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How to clean gedit's and other editor's find&replace history?

I have started working on a new project using gedit on ubuntu 12.04. The problem i am facing now is that, all previously searched terms are still there when i click on the drop down arrow in search ...
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problems with unity and gnome classic desktops - how to reinstall and clean them

I have ubuntu 12.04.02 and I always use kde 4.10.1. Sometimes I need to switch to unity or gnome classic (with effects), the problem is that when I log in with one of them I can't access "settings ...
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Is BleachBit really necessary?

I've heard that the ext4 filesystem does not need to be defragmented because the way it stores information is engineered to avoid exactly that problem. At them same time, I have a program called ...
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How to uninstall a program (MagicDraw) and clean hidden files

I installed MagicDraw 17.0 SE in /opt running the sh I downloaded from the official site. I had to re-install it because of a java issue, so I deleted the opt/MagicDraw folder and I ran the sh again. ...
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How do I make space in /boot/?

I have /boot/ on a separate partition from /, and /boot/ is 98% full. How do I make more space on it?
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How to delete old versions of same packages from a Local Repository?

In my local repository see below, I have many versions of same packages downloaded and stored in deb package directory. As Ubuntu always prefer to use the highest version, I don't need the earlier ...
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which kernels can I safely purge?

I use the main answer of this question quite often to clear some space, but now I'm in extreme need and I'd like to better understand which kernels are safe to purge, my list is the following ...
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How can I cleanup a botched Truecrypt installation?

I made the mistake of downloading the X64 version of Truecrypt and trying to install it when I'm actually running the 32-bit version of Precise Pangolin. I want to clean up the files that I am unable ...
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Is Samba required if you don't share folders and don't have any printers?

I wish to remove all unnecessary packages and services from Ubuntu 12.04. I was not clear whether samba is required for things other than sharing folders and printing. I don't do either of these ...
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How to clear search history in glogg?

I am using glogg to scan log files, but since the installation all the searches are saved somewhere and it is getting huge and huge. Using Bleachbit to clean the system isn't helpful for glogg until ...
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Best ways to keep ubuntu free from cluttering?

There are no programs like disk clean-up or defragmentation in ubuntu, so do we really need it...or if there are some utility packages for ubuntu.
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Clean install of 12.04 over old 10.10 and only format some partitions

I want to install latest Ubuntu 12.04, once it gets released, on top of my actual 10.10. The main reason is that I get the "not supported" message, and cannot upgrade to newer distributions through ...
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Is there a usage count for packages or programs?

Motivation: I want to remove applications I do not use to speed up my package processing tasks like dist upgrades, regular updates, but also for saving disk space and other reasons. I know this is a ...
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Cleaning up unwanted files in a LiveUSB

After running Disk Usage Analyzer on the file system, I am looking for ways to remove unneeded files on my Live USB. Firstly, is there anything I can do about the files in the casper archive? For ...
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removing unnecessary libs

I played around a lot with installing WINE and some stuff for party poker. Also I was following some tutorials on installing adobeair on x64 system. I believe I have downloaded quite a lot -> 200MB ...
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How to see what installed packages I have never used for cleaning purposes

I want to do some clean up and was wondering how can I see what packages I have never used or has been very long since I used them.
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Need to skip lost+found when using find

I am new to Ubuntu and I do not have alot of experience with Linux/Unix, so please bear with me while I try to get through this. I have a camera system that records footage and takes screen shots and ...
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Updated to 11.10 and now flash is gone. How to completely wipe it?

There was some problem while upgrading my ubuntu to the last version at roughly 90%. Apparently all the system is fine but there was a problem with flash. Now it's reported as not installed, but I ...
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How do I cleanup old packages and apps after upgrading?

From an older query I found that sudo apt-get autoremove should be used. I did that and some packages got removed. But the applications Computer Janitor and Pitivi are still present on the computer ...
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var/cache/apt/archives occupying huge space

I am in the process of cleaning up my system. And I see a lot of space occupied by this folder /var/cache/apt/archives (1.5GB). Is it absolutely necessary to keep all these archives?
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clear Ubuntu One (Web) Contacts Overview

Is there a way to clear the log on Ubuntu One (web) about your Contacts Overview like recently added, removed, ect.?
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Computer Janitor

I'm willing to use Computer Janitor but I'm afraid to lose some important libraries. Is it secure to use Computer Janitor? Thanks in advance.
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What files should I clean up before creating a disk snapshot?

After setting up a new Ubuntu virtual machine guest, I like to take a disk snapshot so that I can restore to a working state in case I break something later on. I'd like to avoid snapshotting ...
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How do I run BleachBit from the terminal?

On their website, they say to simply enter bleachbit --(argument here) but all that does is open the program. Am I doing something wrong?
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How to increase disk space? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I free up disk space? I am running out of space on my notebook, so I thought I would delete some unused stuff. I was thinking about: cleaning the home folder ...
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How do I wipe all personal information from my computer?

I'm awful with computers, I have ubuntu 10.10 and don't understand partioning etc. I want to wipe my drive,everything EXCEPT the operating system (and auto boot obviously), without having to use a ...
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How can I autoclean my gnome main menu?

I like to experiment with lots of different software in my Ubuntu install. Then, every time Ubuntu reaches a new release cycle, I simply do a clean install (instead of upgrading) to get rid of all the ...