Remove giant files to free disk space in Linux

It’s important to keep at least 10% of drive space to avoid:

  • SSD: excessive wear.
  • HDD: excessive fragmentation.

Graphical Linux free space

ncdu

uses terminal “graphics” to quickly show the biggest files in the Linux filesystem tree.

Free up LaTeX doc space

One of the largest directories on my PC was for TeXlive documentation.

Using Synaptic, I highlighted everything using search term texlive-doc. This also removes texlive-full but with no detriment to texlive working.

Synaptic list of files to remove for texlive-doc to save disk space
Packages removed for texlive-doc to save over 1 GB of disk space.

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