Clean up your filesystem
Pushbroom is a tool designed to help keep your filesystem clear of clutter. Certain directories, such as your downloads directory, tend to accumulate a large amount of old files that take up space. Over time, this clutter can accumulate to a significant amount of storage space. Pushbroom gives you an easy way to remove these old files.
Pushbroom is written in Python and should therefore work on any platform that can run Python. For now, it is only officially supported for macOS and Linux.
Homebrew (macOS only)
Install via Homebrew:
brew install gpanders/tap/pushbroom
Copy and modify the included
pushbroom.conf file to
~/.config/pushbroom/config and use
brew services start gpanders/tap/pushbroom to start the automatic launchd daemon:
cp /usr/local/etc/pushbroom.conf ~/.config/pushbroom/config brew services start gpanders/tap/pushbroom
Pushbroom will run once every hour.
Install using pipx:
pipx install pushbroom
Copy the example configuration
~/.config/pushbroom/config or create your own from scratch.
Check the releases page for the latest release. Extract the archive and copy the files to their correct locations:
tar xzf pushbroom-vX.Y.Z.tar.gz cd pushbroom-vX.Y.Z cp bin/pushbroom /usr/local/bin/pushbroom cp pushbroom.conf ~/.config/pushbroom/config
Pushbroom can be run from the command line using:
pushbroom --help to see a list of command line options.
The Pushbroom configuration file is organized into sections where each section represents a directory path to monitor. The default configuration file looks like this:
[Downloads] Path = ~/Downloads Trash = ~/.Trash NumDays = 30
This means that, by default, Pushbroom will monitor your ~/Downloads folder and move any file or folder older than 30 days into your ~/.Trash directory.
If you don't want to move files into ~/.Trash but instead want to just delete
them, simply remove the
[Downloads] Path = ~/Downloads NumDays = 30
The name of the section (
Downloads in this example) is not important and can
be anything you want:
[Home Directory] Path = ~ NumDays = 90
You can also specify an
Ignore parameter to instruct Pushbroom to ignore any
files or directories that match the given glob:
[Downloads] Path = ~/Downloads NumDays = 30 Ignore = folder_to_keep
Similarly, you can specify
Match to have Pushbroom only remove files that
match one of the given patterns:
[Vim Backup Directory] Path = ~/.cache/vim/backup NumDays = 90 Match = *~
Match can be a list of patterns separated by commas.
[Home Directory] Path = ~ NumDays = 365 Match = .* Ignore = .local, .config, .cache, .vim
.* is not a regular expression for "match everything", but
rather a glob expression for "all files that start with a period".
The following configuration items are recognized in
Absolute path to a directory to monitor. Tildes (
~) are expanded to the
user's home directory.
Specify where to move files after deletion. If omitted, files will simply be deleted.
Number of days to keep files in
Path before they are removed.
List of glob expression patterns of files or directories to ignore.
List of glob expression patterns of files or directories to remove. If omitted, everything is removed.
Securely delete files before removing them. Note that this option is mutually
exclusive with the
Trash option, with
Trash taking precedence if
both options are used.
If installed via Homebrew then Pushbroom can be set to run once every hour using
brew services start gpanders/tap/pushbroom
Another option is to install a crontab entry
0 */1 * * * /usr/local/bin/pushbroom
If you are using a Linux distribution that uses systemd, you can copy the
~/.local/share/systemd/ and enable the service with
systemctl --user enable --now pushbroom
Note that you may need to change the path to the
pushbroom script in the
service file depending on your method of installation.
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