I need to clear (free up) disc space on my computer.

Asked by Danny Mahaffey on 2007-05-05

I am a new Linux user, and I have no idea how to do anything at all. I am using Ubuntu. For those of you that are "techies," you need to treat me as if I were a drooling mongoloid, because, when it comes to Linux, I am.

I need to know how to free up disc space on my hard drive. With Windows, it was pretty simple. Start Menu, etc... With Linux...

Help.

Please.

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DarkMageZ (darkmagez) said : #1

try applications - disk usage analyzer. hopefully that might be useful. i am presuming you've been using the system for awhile and have just been dumping files all over your home directory :P

imariot (imariot) said : #2

You can always try getting rid of unneeded packages via "sudo apt-get autoclean" command in a terminal screen.

Danny Mahaffey (sichuevos) said : #3

 sudo deborphan | xargs sudo apt-get -y remove --purge
 I'm trying to use the above code, but I keep getting THIS message:

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 E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11 Resource temporarily unavailable)
 E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another program using it?

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 Any idea what that might be? 'cause, dude, I'm just now starting to scratch the surface of this Linux thing, and I really want to stick with it... but man, when it gets a virus, it seems to get it BAD.

 Dude, any information that you can give me would be super-duper. Thanks for the help, man.

 Danny

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  Your question #6122 on Ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/6122

imariot proposed the following answer:
You can always try getting rid of unneeded packages via "sudo apt-get
autoclean" command in a terminal screen.

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Cesare Tirabassi (norsetto) said : #4

You have another application which is locking a necessary file. This is most probably the Synaptic Package Manager. Just close it and keep going.

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