What Is An Highly Related Program That Helps Clean Out Your Linux Ubuntu v.11.10 64-Bit Operating System You Can Suggest Or Recommend?

Hello. I have a question to ask you.

How do you clean out temporary files and other important cleaning processes in an automated means or way with Linux Ubuntu v.11.10 64-bit? For example: Most of us has heard of the popular CCleaner by Piriform.com typically for Windows operating systems. This program has numerous features such as: cleans out specific files (temporary files in temporary folders), helps speed up your computer, assists with protecting your privacy, empties your trash or recycle bin or can, and so, so much more I have not mentioned here. It only requires a few mouse clicks in order to run the program to clean out your system. It offers an informative GUI (Graphic User Interface) specifying what files or folders were removed in the cleaning process with some level of customizing ability associated with it too.

Is there an CCleaner equivalent for Linux Ubuntu v.11.10 64-bit? (a) If so, what is it called? (b) How do I get it? (c) Where is it located online (the home-parent website for the program that is)? (d) What can it do generally speaking with some specific details? (e) Does it offer a 64-bit version of the program too? (f) Can it be found in the Ubuntu Software Center or not?

Free is much appreciated since most Linux Ubuntu software is indeed free. Offering an informative GUI is really what I am looking for. Both automated time scheduled setup would be nice, but not necessary. Must have a manual operation however.    

Please reply.

Thank you!
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Pierre FrançoisSenior consultantCommented:
I see you are new to the world of Linux. Welcome to heaven!

You don't need to clean up Ubuntu: it is a self maintaining OS: older temp files are deleted by crontrab processes, there is no need to defragment the hard drive, no need to reinstall all programs after a while, no register to edit, no need to fight virusses. The default security settings are OK.

I don't know what else to tell you... I am just concerned about the huge amount of people working with MS Windows that think that all the hassle they are suffering is normal. I am intensively using Linux for 20 years and I never had a virus. Perhaps it is more than five years ago that I ever had to reset my desktop for restarting after a crash.

If this is not known, it is no wonder that people is waiting to migrate to Linux.

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BazingerooAuthor Commented:
@ pfrancois & anyone:

Hello again. Thank you for your comment. Thank you for your inspiration! ;)

First, I have to say this. I will admit, most of us Windows users tend to extend our trained personal experiences of Windows to Linux thinking there are many similarities in many facets between Windows and Ubuntu that there is a small amount of differences between the two. What I have been finding is that in terms of the applications and their usage is very similar to Windows in terms of equivalence; however, their programming and what is 'under the hood' so to speak is entirely different between the two like the understanding of the use of program utilities like the one I have mentioned -- that is what I am realizing. Yes, I am really liking Linux more and more as I realized for a lack of a better word at this time, "a simplified and tighter operating system" than that of Windows. I am impressed with it! I cannot believe it is free. I am shocked Now, lets hope it will always remain free! I wish to keep learning more about Linux and Ubuntu and even the other popular one I have been reading about is a Linux system, Linux Mint.

I have purchased a book-like magazine ("MagBook") in the bookstore called, "Linux - The Complete Manual" by Computer Shopper/MicroMart/and PC Pro. I decided to take the plunge and give it a try. I am very happy I did! The magbook came with a disc called "Ubuntu Linux For Human Beings" - "Latest version 11.04 Natty Narwhal". It is the 64-bit disc. The magbook is great and is loaded from installation to some of the program funny names of programs I can use and techniques all for $20 US. So I have been reading it and have learned a lot of far. Of course, I am asking questions to issues and things not addressed in the magbook here on EE that I normally think along the lines of Windows offering. I see sometimes I get a hit and find answers to issues and circumstances similar to Windows and other times I am told answers not vaguely related to Windows and get laughed at. As anyone learning something new, please have patience and understanding that I learning something new and as you may of guessed from other Windows users, we are probably asking the same or similar questions at times based on our comprehension to Windows and applying it to Linux. This magbook addresses the beginner aspects of Ubuntu that I will NOT ask here on EE. However, I will ask more intermediate level and advanced level questions as they arise – like the programming and general functioning of Linux systems to begin with. I hope you can assist me?  

Most people think I would say that Linux is very similar to Windows. In some ways it IS! In other ways, it is NOT AT ALL. The programming of Linux is entirely different from Windows. I think there are two ideologies why people stay away from Linux. One: It is something "NEW" I have to learn again, now that I 'know' Windows. This is the 'fear factor' to have to learn something new. This is very common. Second: There is no difference in the same sort of required processes I have to do with Windows than I have to do with Linux -- just assumptions we make extending Windows philosophies to Linux; for example: I need to buy Internet software security for it, I have to clean it out, do processes to keep Linux in shape. If I have to do all that with Linux, why do I want to even consider trying Linus they ask themselves. If Linux could in some manner advertise that this is NOT THE CASE where with Windows it is the case, they may actually bring more on board with the Linux family and be a wake up call. The truth is, yes; most users do not know these great differences between Linux and Windows. Actually, there is a third. That is what they have to work with at work and forced to use. If the majority of companies use Windows, then they are trained on it and why would they want to learn something new. Actually. goes hand-in-hand with my first point above. So maybe two points then overall.

I want to keep learning about Ubuntu and Linux WILL BECOME my MAINLY USED operating system or one of the Linux flavors like Linux Mint I am willing to try. I am open minded to this stuff and I often do have many reservations and criticisms, but I am willing to give anything a chance. I will still use Windows and keep up with that one as well learning along the way too. I know little about Apple's i-OS and I am willing to learn that as well when I get more free time (an issue of mine) and break my Windows shell.

Could I ask you, what are the “crontrab processes” you mention? The magbook didn't address this. Any information you can share with me or very good or excellent detailed and well described weblinks you know. I would really like to know the details of how this works?

Please reply.

Thank you very much!
Pierre FrançoisSenior consultantCommented:
You perfectly express want I feel about Linux. I totally agree. Good luck with Linux Mint which is very beautiful.

About crontab, it is a so-called service. It is running as a background process. I think the name comes from cronological tables. Some applications install their own crontab tables to perform some tasks at scheduled times: rotate logfiles, delete temporary files, keep the system up to date, etc... The default settings are OK. Don't bother about crontab, except if you want to write your own tables, v.gr. for backing up automatically.

O, I forgot: be sure to enable the automatic updates of your system. That is the real way to securize it. Go to System > Administration > Update Manager > Settings > Updates and check everything you consider as reasonable.
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BazingerooAuthor Commented:
@ pfrancois:

Hello again. Thank you for the follow up response in your last comment.

One last question about crontab which sounds like a great Linux Ubuntu 'service', does it clean out the Linux Ubuntu's trash bin/can or not? Why I ask is that I see no reference this this component of Ubuntu. Can crontab be setup to clean the trash bin/can? How? Please explain.

Please reply.

Thank you!
Pierre FrançoisSenior consultantCommented:
The users bin has to be emptied by the the user. It is a feature.

The crontab service by default cleans the /tmp directory, where all kinds of processes are writing temporary files.

It is possible to implement a users crontab for cleaning your users trash bin. First install the package trash-cli with:
sudo aptitude install trash-cli

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Once installed, you can run
crontab -e

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at the command line, and put next content into the file you will see
# m h  dom mon dow   command
15 13 * * * empty-trash      

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This will run empty-trash at 1:15pm (h:m) every day of the month (dom) for every month (mon), and on every day of the week (dow). Put one spave between each field. When you save the file, the users crontab will be updated.
BazingerooAuthor Commented:
@ pfrancois:

Hello again. I am awarding pfrancois the Accepted Solution for his first comment to this question/thread because he provided me the general concept answer I was looking for (200 points). pfrancois's  second comment defines or clarifies this his first comment after asking for clarity and specifics (100 points). pfrancois's third and final comment defines further how to manually setup an exclusion (trash bin/can) to the general concept pfrancois first commented with great detail and explanation (200 points).

Again, thank you pfrancois!
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