Save disk space by removing help and documentation files

for i in {a..z};do sudo rm /usr/share/doc/$i*/*;done
Never read the documentation? No, then why have that ~ 20 MB sit there and take up space? This command preserves directory structure wile removing all of those unnecessary help and documentation files. Works on Ubuntu, Debian, and most related systems. Gives a lot of directory errors, I'll fix those later.

-12
By: LinuxMan
2010-07-23 01:52:25

These Might Interest You

  • For disk space constraint testing. Leaves a little space available for creating temp files, etc. Easily free up the used disk space again by deleting the dummy00 file. Can tailor the testing by building smaller 'blocks' to suit the needs of the testing. WARNING: do not do this to the '/' (root) filesystem unless you know what you are doing... on some systems it could crash the OS.


    -3
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/fs/to/fill/dummy00 bs=8192 count=$(df --block-size=8192 / | awk 'NR!=1 {print $4-100}')
    arcege · 2009-12-03 15:20:18 0
  • Often you need to find the files that are taking up the most disk space in order to free up space asap. This script can be run on the enitre filesystem as root or on a home directory to find the largest files. Show Sample Output


    1
    find / -type f 2>/dev/null | xargs du 2>/dev/null | sort -n | tail -n 10 | cut -f 2 | xargs -n 1 du -h
    mxc · 2010-11-09 13:45:11 0
  • ncdu is a text-mode ncurses-based disk usage analyzer. Useful for when you want to see where all your space is going. For a single flat directory it isn't more elaborate than an du|sort or some such thing, but this analyzes all directories below the one you specify so space consumed by files inside subdirectories is taken into account. This way you get the full picture. Features: file deletion, file size or size on disk and refresh as contents change. Homepage: http://dev.yorhel.nl/ncdu Show Sample Output


    4
    ncdu directory_name
    bwoodacre · 2009-06-09 00:02:48 3
  • put it in crontab to get an alert when / is over 89% utilization.


    3
    [ $(df / | perl -nle '/([0-9]+)%/ && print $1') -gt 90 ] && df -hP | mutt -s "Disk Space Alert -- $(hostname)" admin@example.com
    syssyphus · 2009-10-15 21:11:54 2

What Others Think

in before breaking things
kaedenn · 412 weeks and 6 days ago
Seriously? You're that concerned for hard drive space?? Maybe it's time you invest in a larger hard drive.
atoponce · 412 weeks and 4 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

You must be signed in to comment.

What's this?

commandlinefu.com is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed and voted up or down.

Share Your Commands



Stay in the loop…

Follow the Tweets.

Every new command is wrapped in a tweet and posted to Twitter. Following the stream is a great way of staying abreast of the latest commands. For the more discerning, there are Twitter accounts for commands that get a minimum of 3 and 10 votes - that way only the great commands get tweeted.

» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu3
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu10

Subscribe to the feeds.

Use your favourite RSS aggregator to stay in touch with the latest commands. There are feeds mirroring the 3 Twitter streams as well as for virtually every other subset (users, tags, functions,…):

Subscribe to the feed for: