I use Ubuntu at work and recently I have been receiving a message during boot up that states the file system is low on disk space and at one point the desktop would not fully load.

After using Disk Usage Analyzer, I narrowed the bulky folder down to /var/lib/apt/lists/partial. The partial folder has like 60 to 80 gigabytes of data in it which is the bulk of the problem. Inside this folder is tons of archive.ubuntu.com files and the largest is archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dist_vivid-updates_main_binary-i386_Packages and other smaller similar files. Are these related to the update process? Important? Need a little light shine on it.

Thanks in advance.


They are not important to the update system, because that are the partially downloaded package lists. And you can clean the cache of apt with sudo apt-get clean.

  • I ran that a few times but the files remain.
    – Motech09
    Jun 15 '15 at 19:27
  • You can delete the files in the partial folder
    – wb9688
    Jun 15 '15 at 19:33

Try this:

Open a terminal,

Press Ctrl+Alt+T

Run it:

$ sudo rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/*
  • I think it is just 1 * at the end
    – Brask
    Jun 15 '15 at 22:06

Open a terminal and write the following

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install bleachbit
sudo bleachbit

And delete all the unuseful files on Ubuntu

  • 1
    This doesn't specify what is useful or not - randomly deleting files can be dangerous and can nuke the system.
    – Thomas Ward
    Jun 15 '15 at 22:35

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