I used Archive Manager to extract files from an archive, but there wasn't enough free disk space. After the process crashed my disk remained full and I am unable to locate and delete what is filling up my hard drive. I cleaned up some disk space by moving some files to an external drive and then I attempted the same operation again. This time it succeeded, but again temporary files remained, clogging my hard drive. Where does this app store these files? I have been unable to find them in every way I have tried so far. I am also a complete newbie to Ubuntu (I use 14.10). Any help will be much appreciated.

  • it's probably somewhere in ~/.cache. What does du -hd1 ~/.cache say? – muru Mar 23 '15 at 19:03
  • How did you extract those files? – madneon Mar 23 '15 at 19:46

Temporary files are usually stored in /tmp, and that's the case even for Archive Manager. Anyway it's not a good practice to batch remove them, since running applications might be using the folder to store temporary files necessary to their current instance to run (as it's the case for Archive Manager), and removing them could break the current instance. So you better either remove the files manually or just reboot, which automatically clears the folder.


You can try to clean file-roller temporal folders with this command:

rm -r ~/.cache/.fr-*

The above command will delete all the file-roller temporary folders that can remain. Be careful and copy/paste! A typo can be fatal for your data!

The temporary folders of file-roller (it creates one for each archiver while contents are open) are stored in /home/$USER/.cache/.fr-somerandomcharacters.


Thanks you for all your answers. The files were not located in the temp or cache folders, so at the end I installed bleachbit and ran every possible cleanup option that I thought might help. At the end I parted with almost 9000 files and 5.5gb of data so I assume the files I was after are in that mix. Fortunately, the system is still runing fine after all that. Anyways, I appreciate everyone's help.

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