cleaning up the system

Discussions Regarding Software

Moderator: Moderators

cleaning up the system

Postby onlystitch » Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:36

Question, in Microsoft land when you system is running a bit sluggish you can run a system cleaner going over the hard drive and cache cleaning it up, so when this happens in linux, whats the fix? :?:
Hp dv6z-1000 Sabayon 10XFCE
onlystitch
Baby Hen
 
Posts: 19
Joined: Sat Jul 28, 2012 15:10

Re: cleaning up the system

Postby aia » Mon Jan 28, 2013 17:21

If i understood correct, do you mean the defragmentation of the hard disk?
aia
Young Hen
 
Posts: 30
Joined: Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:43

Re: cleaning up the system

Postby onlystitch » Mon Jan 28, 2013 17:46

I think defrag is a microsoft thing, just cleaning up the loose files etc, system cache buildup etc.
Hp dv6z-1000 Sabayon 10XFCE
onlystitch
Baby Hen
 
Posts: 19
Joined: Sat Jul 28, 2012 15:10

Re: cleaning up the system

Postby aia » Mon Jan 28, 2013 18:09

Yeap,does not need to do defrag in *nix o/s.
aia
Young Hen
 
Posts: 30
Joined: Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:43

Re: cleaning up the system

Postby Stupot » Mon Jan 28, 2013 18:43

defragging is a part of the NTFS file system, which is what Windows uses.

With linux, you have multiple choices for file systems, but most use Ext3/4. Regardless of which one you choose, none of them put files in sequential order like NTFS, there is no need to defrag a hard drive.

The microsoft utility you are thinking of goes through and cleans up temporary files. It empties out the recycle bin, deletes browser cache, things like that.

Once again, these things aren't really needed in linux. You could clear out your browser cache via the browser's utility if you wished, which might help make it fun faster, but won't really affect the system as a whole. /tmp (where temporary files are stored) is generally cleaned out by the OS without needing any user intervention.

Linux handles RAM differently from Windows fundamentally and it's file systems are very different. There are just some of the reasons that you won't find a linux version of these utilities.

There is a Sabayon specific command to delete the downloaded entropy packages
http://wiki.sabayon.org/index.php?title ... d_packages

But all that will do is free up some hard drive space. It won't really have any impact on performance unless you are running out of hard drive space.
Stupot
Sagely Hen
 
Posts: 1514
Joined: Wed Feb 14, 2007 3:44
Location: St. Louis, MO, USA

Re: cleaning up the system

Postby onlystitch » Mon Jan 28, 2013 20:51

good to know, thanks!
Hp dv6z-1000 Sabayon 10XFCE
onlystitch
Baby Hen
 
Posts: 19
Joined: Sat Jul 28, 2012 15:10

Re: cleaning up the system

Postby svantoviit » Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:04

If you want to clean up "unnecessary" files, you can try one of the cleaners.
For example sys-apps/bleachbit.
But carefully! So you don't delete something you need!
svantoviit
Old Dear Hen
 
Posts: 642
Joined: Sun Feb 28, 2010 17:55

Re: cleaning up the system

Postby onlystitch » Tue Jan 29, 2013 21:05

interesting, thanks
Hp dv6z-1000 Sabayon 10XFCE
onlystitch
Baby Hen
 
Posts: 19
Joined: Sat Jul 28, 2012 15:10


Return to Software in General

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests