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October 30th, 2007

Tidy up your filesystem with FSlint

Tricks, by suvi.

Over time, a filesystem accumulates a lot of useless items. FSlint
is a nifty little tool that helps you clean your filesystem by pointing
out junk in the form of empty directories, corrupt symlinks, files with
bad names, duplicate and temp files, and more. However, its usefulness
is marred by a virtually total lack of documentation and a GUI that
takes some getting used to.

Fedora and Ubuntu users can respectively use yum and apt-get
to install FSlint. After installation you can launch FSlint from the
Applications -> System Tools menu on a Fedora 7 machine, or launch
it from the terminal window with the fslint-gui command. For those more inclined towards the command line, the /usr/share/fslint/fslint/fslint
command will print out all the items FSlint was designed to look for.
Your screen will be flooded with a summary of files with bad IDs,
conflicting file names, temporary files, empty directories, duplicate
files, and something called file name lint. However, no description
accompanies all this information, so you must have some understanding
of the Linux filesystem to ensure you don’t render your system
unusable. For example, look at these files, listed under the Duplicate
files section:

Read more at Linux.com 

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