how do you maintain ubuntu client pc

Asked by simonball

Good afternoon,

Ubuntu 12.04
With windows it would be disk cleanup followed by disk defragmenter, along with clearing caches etc.

How do you maintain ubuntu, is there any weekly/monthly checks that need to be done?

There seems to be no mention on the help pages about regular maintenance that needs to be done.

Kind regards

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Miha Gašperšič (miha.gaspersic) said :

Hi Simon,
You can connect remote to your maschine using SSL/TLS and make cleanup on your computer. You have many good software on your Software center which can good clean your pc. Like janitor (sudo apt-get install computer-janitor).

If this helps you solve your question, please mark thread as solved.


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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

You can use bleachbit to clear out temp files. You don't need to defrag Ubuntu. Run bleachbit as both user and root and have as many apps closed as possible.

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Best Thomas Krüger (thkrueger) said :

The Janitor is a good start for cleaning up unused files.
The other point (fragmentation) is not a big deal on Linux. The file system will have fragments and it will get slower, but not as much as you know it from Windows machines. Also the free space available counts. If you have more than 25% free on the partition, if will be hard to notice any reduction in speed. Or in other words: a 90% fragmented Linux file system still performs better than a 10% fragmented Windows file system.

In case you are doing unusually many changed to large files on system and see a slow performance over time. There is a tool "e4defrag" to defrag ext4 file system, but I doubt you will ever need it.

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simonball (simon-ball3) said :

Hi Thomas

Many thanks for this.

Kind regards

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simonball (simon-ball3) said :

Hi Andrew, Thomas, Miha,

Many thanks for the help

Kind regards