Erik_
I just cleaned up another 5GB from hidden files
Tue Aug 09, 2022 10:44am

From versions of software I don't have installed anymore. There's a few more gigs I could clear up if I cleaned out the ~/.cache dir but I'm not sure if anything will blow up if I do that.

I agree about leaving things as you came. This drive is full of trash that's accumulated over the years and because things don't seem to be saved where the app is installed anymore, it makes it harder to figure out if I'm going to tank things by deleting it.

Also, I've amassed about a GB of module data already from Perl. I didn't realize that cpan and meta cpan (cpamn) package managers didn't store their downloaded data in the same place even though they pull from the same location. I have 500MB in each hidden directory!

  • You're welcome to use some of my system resources - Puckdropper, Mon Jul 25 2022 2:22am
    It's just like visiting my house. Sure, wash your hands in my sink. Don't store your junk in my living room, though. Use my resources but don't abuse them. 6 GB free? You gotta clear your logs, man! That'll free up at least another 10 GB. Sometimes I think we need to stop isolating programmers... more
    • I just cleaned up another 5GB from hidden files- Erik_, Tue Aug 09 2022 10:44am
      • But it's LINUX! IT DOESN'T NEED PERIODIC REINSTALLS!!!!1oneo - Puckdropper, Wed Aug 10 2022 2:18am
        Wow, 500 MB of Perl stuff just for one package manager. Sometimes I think they just don't ever look at how much they're accumulating. That would be interesting, if you had a spare drive to copy your install to. Just blow out the ~/.cache dir and see what happens. It'd be interesting to see what... more
        • Back in college around 2005... - Erik_, Sun Aug 14 2022 12:35am
          I had a friend who was a huuuuge Linux fanatic. I was using Slackware at the time and he convinced me to switch over to Debian. It was actually the "apt" package manager he showed me which sold me as with Slackware you had to build everything from source and manually manage your dependencies (aka a... more
          • Windows has much the same problem with programs - Puckdropper, Sat Aug 20 2022 2:32am
            writing stuff where they don't need to. It's gotten worse now that Program Files is considered "write once" and you're supposed to store things like high score tables or recently opened document lists (I'm making stuff up) in AppData, a hidden system folder. That's too hard, so they just write it to... more
            • I think those started with Windows XP, right? It's been forever since I've used it. But yeah, same issue. Everything gets clogged up in \Users\$username\** instead of /home/$username/** That would be an interesting concept. You would need a pretty locked down OS for something like that to work. I... more
              • I can't tell you why everyone seems to have a C:\Intel folde - Puckdropper, Thu Aug 25 2022 4:13am
                Guess the world's biggest PC microprocessor company (or second biggest?) can't figure out how to make their stuff work on Windows? It gets a little annoying having so many programs that haven't figured out the Windows system, but then again why is this so hard? Windows XP started really enforcing it... more
                • Dell used to do that too. - Erik_, Wed Sep 07 2022 11:52am
                  I'm not sure if they do anymore but their device drivers would be in something like C:\dell. I guess they figure they want to keep it somewhere easy to find and completely separate from the OS related directories. Its interesting going back to my 486 where I have to use "dir /w" or "dir | more" on C:\... more
                  • A good bit of it was C:\Program Files - Puckdropper, Thu Sep 08 2022 5:59am
                    started to get locked down and Documents wasn't really the right place for things like device drivers. The users *would* delete them. [quote] Yep, exactly this. There would even probably be a StackOverflow question answered with "For what you're doing you should use fsave_manual. Using these parameters... more
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