Script to automatically purge old trash
Autotrash is a small python script to automatically remove (permanently delete) trashed files. It relies on the FreeDesktop.org Trash files for it's deletion information.
It scans the
~/.local/share/Trash/info directory and reads the
files to determine their deletion date. Files older then 30 days or files
matching a particular regular expression are then purged, including their
trash information file.
On Fedora consider using
yum install autotrash
Last option is to install autotrash using pip, for example, using:
pip install --user autotrash
autotrash --install to create a systemd service which runs daily with the provided arguments. For example
autotrash -d 30 --install
/usr/bin/autotrash -d 30 daily.
The service can be manually started with
systemctl --user start autotrash.
The timer can be enabled and disabled using
systemctl --user enable autotrash.timer and
systemctl --user disable autotrash.timer respectively.
The service is installed to
~/.config/systemd/user so like the cron approach, root access is not required and multiple users have their own independent services.
Manual Cron Setup
To run autotrash daily using cron, add the following crontab entry:
@daily /usr/bin/autotrash -d 30
You can also make
autotrash process all user trash directories (not just in your home directory) by adding this crontab entry:
@daily /usr/bin/autotrash -td 30
Or more frequently, but to keep disk IO down, only when there is less then 3GB of free space:
@hourly /usr/bin/autotrash --max-free 3072 -d 30
To configure this, run "crontab -e" and add one of these lines in the editor, then save and close the file.
System Startup Setup
If you do not know how to work with crontab, you could add it to the startup programs in GNOME using the menu: System -> Preferences -> Sessions
Add the program with the "+ Add" button.
This will make sure that your trash is cleaned up every time you log in.
Autotrash is now in the stable repo for Fedora 20 and is going to be synced out on the mirrors also for Fedora 21. Epel7 package is still in the testing repo but should go stable within few days.
You can install the package on Fedora right now with:
yum install autotrash
autotrash command is created as a script, using
poetry you can run the current implementation using:
poetry run autotrash
Or by using the shell:
poetry shell autotrash --help
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