How to recover unnecessary space?

Asked by A. K. M. Akramuzzaman Pinu on 2010-10-11

I'm not very professional computer user. I just use it for Internet brows & chating. Now a days I'm using Linux 10.04 as my Operating System. After setup Linux 10.04 its took 15GB of my Hard Drive Space. As a Internet browsing & chating I do not need this kind of space. So please could you tell me how can I recover my space or remove unnecessary software form it & can keep only that space that I need??

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Nitesh Mistry
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2010-10-12
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Nitesh Mistry (mistrynitesh) said : #1

You can user Computer Janitor program to remove unused software. To get there:
Click System (on the top panel) > Administration > Computer Janitor
It will ask you for your password. Just a word of caution, carefully review the list of programs recommended for removal before actually removing them.

Just seems amazing how you managed to fill in 15 GBs of space in Ubuntu. Does that also include your data in /home folder?

Fabián Rodríguez (magicfab) said : #2

Applications > Accessories > Disk Usage analyzer should also help understanding where the space went. A typical Ubuntu install shouldn't take more than ~3GB-4GB.

in var\cache\apt\archives this folder full with 2.2GB of my space. Can you tell me what kind of programs store in this folder & how can I remove unnecessary things from this folder.

Anyway Nitesh Mistry with your tips I recover 1GB space of mine. It took my 15GB of my File System not Home folder.

Fabián Rodríguez thanks for your fantastic Idea.

Best Nitesh Mistry (mistrynitesh) said : #4

>in var\cache\apt\archives this folder full with 2.2GB of my space. Can you tell me what
>kind of programs store in this folder & how can I remove unnecessary things from this folder.

This folder contains the packages downloaded from internet (apt repositories) just before installing/updating. You can safely remove them by giving the following command in the terminal:
sudo apt-get autoclean

See how much space is recovered.

WARNING: Do NOT manually delete the items in this folder (or for that matter, any items outside your /home directory), as it may cause system break-down.

>It took my 15GB of my File System not Home folder.

Home folder resides within the File System (unless you have created a separate partition for it). So that 15 GBs are OS+ProgramsYouInstalled+ConfigurationFiles+YourDataInHomeFolder

If you would like to know more about file systems in linux, read - http://www.tldp.org/LDP/intro-linux/html/chap_03.html

Thanks Nitesh Mistry, that solved my question.

Thanks Nitesh Mistry "sudo apt-get autoclean" this command was helped me to recover 400mb of my space.
I just wanna ask you One more question that if I makce a copy of arcives folder in another drive then should I install those software later without internet connection?

Nitesh Mistry (mistrynitesh) said : #7

On Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 12:57 PM, A. K. M. Akramuzzaman Pinu
<email address hidden> wrote:
> I just wanna ask you One more question that if I makce a copy of arcives folder in another drive then should I install those software later without internet connection?

Technically, yes.
But it will need a thorough understanding of dpkg (debian packaging
system), apt, dependencies, and handing lots of 'if's, and 'but's. For
a new or even a average user, it is not advisable.

Try googling on the subject, and you might find resources on how to do
it. But beware that following such instructions will be entirely on
your own risk.

Thanks a lot!! :)