autotrash -- program to automatically purge old files from the
autotrash [-d n_days_old]
autotrash is a program that looks in a FreeDesktop.org Trash folder for
information on it's contents and then purges a part of the trash
depending on the options.
The most common option is -d, which will purge files that have been in
the trash for more then a given number of days.
The option --delete will remove at least the given number of megabytes
from the trash, removing the oldest trash first.
Using --min-free will make sure at least the given number of megabytes
of free space is available, by automatically setting --delete to the
right value. For example, to keep at least a 1GB of free space,
removing files from the Trash if needed, use autotrash --min-free 1024
This program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long
options starting with two dashes (`-').
-h --help Show summary of options.
-d DAYS --days DAYS
Delete files older then DAYS number of days. Default: 30
-T PATH --trash-path PATH
Use the given path as the location of the Trash directory,
instead of the default: ~/.local/share/Trash .
Only delete files if there is less then M megabytes of free
space left at the trash location. As an example, if you set
this to 1024, then autotrash will only start to work if there
is less then 1GB of free space in the trash. Till that time,
autotrash will just exit normally without scanning the Trash
directory. If unsure, try running autotrash with --dry-run
and --verbose to see the effect.
Delete at least M megabytes, deleting oldest trash addition
first. It uses trash entries, NOT individual files. This
means that if your oldest trashed item is a 1GB directory,
and you request at least 10MB to be removed (M=10), autotrash
will remove 1GB. If unsure, try running autotrash with --dry-
run and --stat to see the effect.
--min-free M --keep-free M
Make sure there is a minimum of M megabytes of free space. If
there is less free space, set --delete to the difference
between M and the amount of free space. If unsure, try
running autotrash with --dry-run and --verbose to see the
-D REGEX --delete-first REGEX
Delete any file which matches REGEX first, regardless of it's
time-stamp. REGEX must be a valid regular expression. If this
option is used multiple times, the files matching the first
regular expression are deleted first, then the second etc.
Example, delete *.avi files first, then by age: --delete-
Output information on what is happening and why.
Only output warnings.
--check Report .trashinfo files that point to a non-existing file.
This will only happen with a broken Trash can and autotrash
will not touch these files. It is left up to the user to
actually do something with this information. As soon as the
files become old enough, they will be removed automatically.
--dry-run Only list what would be done, but actually do nothing.
--stat Show the number, and total size of files involved.
Show version of program.
Examples of program use.
autotrash -d 30
Purge any file that has been in the trash for more then 30
autotrash --max-free 1024 -d 30
Only purge files from the trash if there is less then 1GB of
space left on the trash filesystem.
autotrash --min-free 2048
Purge files from trash, oldest first, till there is at least
2GB of space on the trash filesystem. There is no restriction
on how old trashed files can get.
autotrash --min-free 2048 -D '.*\.bak' -D '.*\.avi'
Purge files from trash till there is at least 2GB of space on
the trash filesystem. If we need to remove files, make sure
we remove *.bak files first, then all *.avi files and after
that the oldest to the newest. There is no restriction on how
old trashed files can get. Please note that '.*\.bak' and
'.*\.avi' are regular expressions and not glob patterns.
Given that they are regular expressions, using -D
'.*\.(png|gif|jpg|jpeg)' will match images with any of the
autotrash --max-free 4000 --min-free 2048 -d 30
Start reading the trash if there is less then 4000MB of free
space, then start keeping an eye on. At that point, remove
files older then 30 days and if there is less then 2GB of
free space after that remove even newer files.
This manual page was written by A. Bram Neijt firstname.lastname@example.org for the
Debian system (and may be used by others). Permission is granted to
copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU
General Public License, Version 3 any later version published by the
Free Software Foundation.
On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License
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