Saving your $HOME space
Posted Jan 8, 2009 6:39 UTC (Thu) by eru
Parent article: BleachBit: Does GNU/Linux need the equivalent of a Windows registry cleaner?
you have to wonder whether the minimal disk spaced saved or the privacy gained by running it is worth the effort
Unfortunately, several programs love to stash large amounts of cached data
in their dot-directories under your home directory, so it is not always
a minimal disk space we are talking about!
I have always found the use of
$HOME for caching very annoying. It is wasting "prime real estate", because
the home is usually backed-up (or at least more likely to be backed-up than
other parts of the file system), and in many cases (especially in corporate
environments) it is on a network file system (so using it for a browser cache just increases network traffic). Why cannot all apps use put their caches on /var/tmp or some such? Some already do.
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