[CentOS] how to clear out /var/cache?

Fri Dec 31 02:39:02 UTC 2021
Fred <fred.fredex at gmail.com>

Skylar: that's more or less what I've been doing, looking for huge things
in /.

Kenneth: the latest version of kdirstat appears to now be named qdirstat,
no kde bits required. it is certainly a handy way to quickly find the disk
space sinks. Thanks for the pointer.

but I still don't know the proper way to clear out a lot of this stuff. I
certainly don't want to hose my system.

It is C7, up to date, and it has been running for at least five years with
partitions as they are set now: / is 50 gigs. had a popup message this
morning telling me that / was nearly full. found it with 2 gigs free.
sounds as if something has been slowly eating away at the space. I could
use gparted to rearrange things, making / bigger, but as it has been going
for five years, it strikes me that it more likely needs a lot of garbage
collection to be done. I've manually cleaned up some detritus, it now
reports 3.7G free which should hold me for a little while.

So, can anyone advise me on what is and what is not safe to whack/delete
from the root partition?



On Thu, Dec 30, 2021 at 7:16 PM Kenneth Porter <shiva at sewingwitch.com>

> --On Thursday, December 30, 2021 6:20 PM -0500 Fred <fred.fredex at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Mine has hit over 3 gigs, making it one of the larger directories in /,
> > which is running low on space. I've hit all the low-hanging fruit I can
> > find and now I come to things like /var/cache, and I don't know what to
> do
> > about such.
> Have you run KDirStat to find the disk pigs? I regularly use its Windows
> derivative, WinDirStat.
> <http://kdirstat.sourceforge.net/>
> <https://windirstat.net/>
> I wish there was a web-based version for headless servers without X
> libraries.
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