The trash (or "Recycle bin") is a sane concept of our operating systems. A file sent to the trash can be recovered if the user realizes the file was still needed after all. Now, the problem is: when should you empty the trash?
Linux users, rejoice! Enter Autotrash. The name may sound a little scary, but this tiny command-line Python application is actually very friendly and fully solves the problems I just exposed. Its humble task is to selectively purge your trash based on certain criteria that you specify, like Deletion date, Remaining disk space, or Regular expressions.
Edit 2010/04/14: Windows users, Martin found a great app for you, read his followup article.
For example, you can tell Autotrash to delete files that have been in the trash for more than 7 days ago, and to ensure that at least 10GB remain available:
This means our three problems are solved:
The next question you'll probably ask is: "Great, but I don't want to have to run Autotrash manually, how do I setup a schedule?". In typical GNU style, Autotrash doesn't do that, and it's okay because it's not its job. To do the scheduling, I suggest that:
The most straightforward way to install Autotrash on an Ubuntu machine is to use its PPA. Inside a terminal, enter:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bneijt/ppa && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install autotrash
Once the installation is done, open the manual page to see what it can do, and do your own setup:
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