Cleaning Ubuntu: commands and programs

One of the things I do not like about Ubuntu is that it builds a lot of garbage. When you uninstall a program, the settings stay. When you upgrade, the setting is. That becomes a very uncomfortable situation.

But Ubuntu has slowly been correcting these problems very easy to use applications, without leaving command to delete existing data from the terminal.

Talk about some commands and programs, the most useful. If you know one, let me know

Clean command (via Terminal)

1- Every time you install from Synaptic or upgrade your Ubuntu, the packages you download from Internet are in /var/cache/apt/archives. If you do not delete them, build up space that can be quite useful. If you want to completely erase type
  • sudo apt-get clean
2- Many programs that use install additional units that discharge, and often useless. Worst of all, when you uninstall are sometimes taking up space. To know what to delete and type
  • sudo apt-get autoremove
3- Each time you update your kernel, the old is there, and will not uninstall. If we delete, we can do with
  • sudo apt-get remove --purge linux-image-versiĆ³n a desinstalar-generic
If you do not know what we want to uninstall, we can list them with
  • dpkg --get-selections | grep linux-image
Cleanup Programs

If users are those who walk disorderly leaving empty folders, duplicate files around the computer or temporary files, FSlint is your program.

With a friendly interface helps you with that and many other things, among them, delete the thumbnails of your photos (which accumulate with every device that mounts), and accumulated an impressive amount of trash.

To install the terminal type in
  • sudo apt-get install fslint
You can access it from Applications/System Tools/FSlint


Ubucleaner is a script that is used, for cleaning and maintenance of Ubuntu. Roughly speak executes commands at first, deleting the older kernel and files that are stored in /var/cache/apt/archives. It also eliminates the paper files of all users.

To use, download the script from this link. Then enter your property, go to the Permissions tab, select Allow to run the file as a program. Now you can run it. For this open a terminal, go to the folder where the program writes
  • sudo ./

From there the script will ask you some things, so it's not plain sailing ...


This is the last puff of mate. BleachBit is an impressive program, because with it you can erase everything that can be garbage, history, temporary files, thumbnails. And not just Ubuntu, but many programs: Firefox, Flash,, Gimp, etc.

Installation is very simple. Download the program from here, where you can select your favorite Distro. Once executed, you can run it from Applications/System Tools/BleachBit. Eye may also enter with Administrator privileges.

Ubuntu Tweak

At this point there is little that this program can not do. And with the latest version has added the option of cleaning:

Does not have as many options as BleachBit, however, for the user that starts is probably all you need.

Well my friends, that was it. I tried to see the most used, because the list is endless. I hope you have enjoyed, we are.

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