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Re: Erase cache, clean registry in Linux

On Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 12:09:27PM -0800, Kelly Clowers wrote:

> And a lot of programs (Dolphin, Nautilus, gthumb, eog, etc) have thumbnail
> caches, which are not always cleanable from in the application. Luckily,
> many of these programs now share the FD.O standard ~/.thumbnails/
> directory,  instead of each program doing its own thing.

That shouldn't be there in the first place. You end up with hundreds
of megabytes of totally useless thumbnails that even cannot be
displayed with eog or gimp --- yesterday, I removed 350MB from
.thumbnails and tried to disable it by leaving the directory empty
with permissions to read and write it removed. If that doesn't help,
I'll change ownership to root, and if that doesn't help either, I
might have to resort to enable ACLs or to making the directory a
symlink to a partition that is mounted r/o ... I also removed a number
of useless directories ".xvpics" that were all over the place.

Whatever application puts thumbnails or something else somewhere
without telling the user about it should remove it when it's no longer
needed. That's probably difficult to do because they would have to
monitor all the images they create thumbnails from and modify or
remove the thumbnails as the images are altered or deleted --- but
that's not my problem. If they can't do it, they must not create these

"Don't let them, daddy. Don't let the stars run down."

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