My home directory is nearly completely occupied.

/dev/sda7        28G   24G  2.1G  93% /home

disk analysis shows the top largest directory is .thunderbird. As shown in the screenshot. Is there any other way to optimize it, or solution for it, so that I can have more space at /home?

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  • It's all the downloaded messages in the cache. (Yes, it stores them offline even if you use IMAP) You can delete the cache to free up space. See this question: superuser.com/questions/493757/… – Android Dev Feb 18 '17 at 2:54
  • If you have space in another partition/disk, you can move it there and symlink to that in the home directory. Otherwise you will have to find another way to archive the messages, or just "clean house." :( (Hate to lose data myself.) – Gypsy Spellweaver Feb 18 '17 at 2:57
  • After cleaning up as suggested, set up folders to store important messages and delete those you don't need to help prevent this happening again... – George Udosen Feb 18 '17 at 3:24

You can clean your GMail account to make free space.

Also if you want "more space" for your /home partition install GParted to manage partitions. Provided there's unallocated space or it can be carved out from other partitions, it's possible to extend /home.

sudo apt-get install gparted

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