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Tutorial Clean up and optimize ubuntu 12.10 quantal quetzal, ubuntu server and any version

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    Draft Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    For cleaning up Ubuntu 12.10 , you can use GUI applications like ubuntu tweak and/or bleachbit and with baobab to check disk space but I prefer to use the terminal.

    Here are the commands That I use to save space and clean up all ubuntu 12.10 versions ( Ubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu … )

    Cleaning up Ubuntu using the terminal

    Let’s start by checking the occupation of disk space you can use the command

    df -a

    then check the size of the main folders

    Remove unnecessary libraries and packages:

    To delete all package dependencies removed

    delete the files (.deb) of the packages that are no longer installed in the system;

    The following command is really interesting, because it allows the removal even of the configuration files. This can be useful when you want to reinstall applications from scratch.

    clean is much more radical than autoclean. It removes any files .deb from the apt cache, including those relating to the packages currently installed. This command allow a good a good recovery of disk space counterpart is that if you reinstall a package it have to be downloaded. (1.2 GB recovered)

    ##r remove from the cache (/ var / cache / apt) any package, except for the lock files

    we can tie together the commands with:

    ( I recovered 1.2 GB )

    Now, check and resolve any errors or broken dependencies with:

    Remove orphaned libraries
    sudo apt-get remove --purge `deborphan`; sudo apt-get autoremove
    sudo deborphan | xargs sudo apt-get -y remove --purge

    To search and cleaning unused configurations

    To search and cleaning folders and unused configurations files we can use :

    to seek only

    Remove Old Kernel

    Each version of the kernel can occupy up to 150 MB. If you have downloaded the headers you get 250MB of space. Therefore becomes crucial periodically remove some of the older kernels.

    You must be logged in to view this contentheck the current kernel t

    uname -r

    View the installed kernels

    Lists the headers installed

    First remove the headers
    using somethings like this

    then remove any specific kernel that is no longer needed

    ( 0.6 GB recovered )

    Remove unnecessary location data packets

    To remove packages and languages ​​that do not involve using the program localpurge.

    In the window that appears after installation, select the languages ​​you wish to protect.
    Here you can select the languages ​​that interest us.
    for example we can check:


    to reconfigure localpurge type

    To save space: remove o shrink files

    Let’s start by checking the folders size into home directory.
    You can use the command

    home directory

    Let’s start by checking the folders size into home directory.
    You can use the command

    Files to check periodically to save space:


    One of the files that can grow up to tens of GB and that may need to check is the file:

    This file can be erased from time to time.

    or to reduce it and keep last 200 lines of messages

    A home directory that you can grow a lot is the directory /cache.
    There there are the browsers cache so to clean up it I prefer to use browser commands.

    The directory /home/my-home/tmp should be checked and emptied every so often.

    directory /var

    at the root level, from time to time, check the /var direcotry :

    to display the size of the /var

    Alert. You should only delete files. Absolutely not delete the folders that contain them.

    Large size file

    May be useful to check if exist large size files everyware e for any users.
    The command for 750MB size files may be like:


    When you start ubuntu like any S.O. are activated services that are not always necessary with the inevitable resource consumption. To check the services that are not strictly necessary on a terminal you can use sysv-rc-conf.

    to install

    to start with

    Check or uncheck the options to set the start whether or not a service in a given runlevel (Less services are running more resources are available).

    Free up RAM

    To release the RAM could be useful

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    Optimize Ubuntu

    Manage archives

    Install applications to manage archives of files compressed.
    If one needs to use the various formats of compressed files evaluate the installation of the following packages.

    Common Codecs

    A few common codecs


    Perhaps you have to evaluate installation of non-free-codec. “Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu) is a repository of packages that cannot be included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons (copyright, license, patent, etc). ” You must be logged in to view this content

    w32codecs video codecs for popular proprietary formats not natively supported by mplayer You must be logged in to view this content

    libdvdcss2 for play encrypted DVD You must be logged in to view this content

    Ubuntu 32bit

    Ubuntu 64bit


    FSlint is a useful application to search for duplicate files and not only in Ubuntu and Debian Linux ..

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    bleachbit is an effective way to clean a Linux system like Ubuntu: apt cache, browsers cache …


    be used as either a user as root


    Ubuntu Tweak allows configuration via GUI Ubuntu easily. Cleaning the cache of web browsers … and the removal of obsolete kernel, Configuring themes, sounds, default applications …

    install :

    Device busy

    In case of error device busy proceed similarly to what reported in this post You must be logged in to view this content

    List of useful applications

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  2. thanks sa tutorial. .
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