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Old 01-06-2012, 06:43 AM   #1
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Clean up


I have an Asus EEE PC 701 running Linux and it is beginning to run very slowly. Is there a way to erase temporary files left behind after visiting the web, please.
 
Old 01-06-2012, 07:28 AM   #2
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Hello,

When you say "running linux," this honestly doesn't tell us anything. What distribution are you using, and what browser? Being an EEE PC, is it starting to overheat?

Cheers,

Josh
 
Old 01-06-2012, 09:12 AM   #3
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depends on the browser most have a clear history / temporary files option (chrome/firefox do anyway) in the menus and those that don't usually store them in a ~/.<browser> folder or similar location.
 
Old 01-06-2012, 07:00 PM   #4
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mine is slowing down significantly as well. I just upgrade to Centos 6.2 on a x86_664 machine and it ran quite well untill I started loading software. Iǘe religiously cleaned up using yum clean all and @Sweeper@ but atill slow as molasses in january. Thinking of reformatting, installing boot and starting over.
 
Old 01-06-2012, 08:29 PM   #5
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aletta
you do know that the command" yum clean all" only removes a 20k database file
it cleans the database .


in cent is cron set to clean out the tmp folder every so often ?
do you rotate the logs ? ,
/var/log can get VERY VERY large ( 50+ gig )if there are many many unfixed errors being logged

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Is there a way to erase temporary files left behind after visiting the web, please.
set firefox ( IF THAT is what is being used ) to empty the temp web files on shutdown
it is there in the FF menu
 
Old 01-06-2012, 08:55 PM   #6
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How old are your computer? That can make a difference.
 
Old 01-06-2012, 11:15 PM   #7
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Now you have me curious, I looked at var/log/ and there look to be entirefilesystems under every file. The way files are kept in Linux still baffle me. Does Sweeper not take are of most of these? Is there a program which gets rid of old error logs after ?days? Ccrap cleaner for Linux would be a good idea, but it would have to be bery much redone as this file system is a bit more complex to navigate.
 
Old 01-07-2012, 10:03 AM   #8
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How do I do a cleanup?

Thank you to all those who offered their advice - unfortunately I am so new to Linux, that a lot of the advice was over my head.

To Corp769: I'm afraid I don't know what a distribution is. I am using Firefox and Google. I can tell you that my EEE PC 701 is VN 99223, SN 8AOAAQ560798. MB EV 701SD24. Version 0602. Model name ASUS-JM. Size 8 GB. Ethernet Adaptor: Atheros Corp L le Gigabit (rev,b0). I am using it just as I bought it and have not added anything else to it. I am running Firefox and when I click on the Web icon I go directly to Google although I know Firefox is runninng somewhere underneath. How can I tell if my EEE PC is starting to overheat?

To celthunter: Please look at the above reply. How would I get to Firefox's Menu?

To aletta: I would not know how to do any of the things you mention but I do sympathise with your molasses problem. I too find it difficult to navigate through Linux and keep finding files I didn't know were there and don't know how I discovered them or what they do. I do not find Linux intuitive after Windows but struggle on.

To John VV: I don't see how I can get into Firefox before it switches over to Google.

To wagscat234: I bought my computer on 16th Oct 1998

Again many thanks for your advice everyone.
 
Old 01-07-2012, 05:17 PM   #9
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To John VV: I don't see how I can get into Firefox before it switches over to Google.
what ???? It is in the ff preference menu .The same place it was in on Microsoft windows and where it has been for years
click on edit/ preferences!!!!
a screenshot -the current Firefox9.0.1
http://www.imagebam.com/image/fb58af168566215

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Old 01-08-2012, 07:35 AM   #10
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To JohnW: I really do apologise, but I cannot access Firefox's home page. Clicking on the Web icon goes immediately to Google. If I try to access google again by going to the web icon again I get a message which says something like "Firefox is already running - please cloise firefox and start again" and there is a box at the bottom of the page saying "Close Firefox".
I am constantly being told to update Firefox and have downloaded Firefox 9 about five times but cannot get it to install. I thought that perhaps if I did this, I would be able to get to the home page and follow your advice. If I click on File Manager>My Documents>Firefox and then click on firefox or firefox.ini I get "Preparing to copy" and if I click on Updater or Update.ini I get the same message followed by
"This file is in the UTF-8 encoding.
[strings} Title Firefox Update(r).
Info: firefox is installing your updates and will start in a few minutes."
I have waited 1 hour and 50 minutes and nothing has happened. I just do not know how to alter the preference menu when I cannot access the program.
 
Old 01-08-2012, 11:15 AM   #11
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Can you please take a screenshot of what you have so we know what you have to find what distribution you have can be determined by cat /etc/issue not sure what else we can do to help without a screenshot of what you are dealing with. I am kind of confused as to what you really have at this point
 
Old 01-08-2012, 01:42 PM   #12
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Hello! I am very sorry but obviously I am much too new to be on your forum - I have spent over 5 hours today struggling with this problem, and tried my very hardest to understand all your instructions but am absolutely nowhere. I have no idea how to send you a screenshot of the directory with Firefox and the installer in it and I can't afford the time it is taking. I keep getting messages to update gmail (which has now lost its ability to move letters to folders and my inbox is overflowing) and when I click on the update link all I get is "download firefox". I have downloaded firefox five times now to no benefit. I have a life outside the web and need desperately to get on with it. I thank everyone who has proffered their advice and am only sorry that it has come to nothing. I apologise once more.
 
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what is the operating system on this old computer ?
you said you bought it in 1998 ( i take it it had windows 95 or 98 installed )
time for a new computer if this is 14 years old

and what dose google have to do with it

the firefox tools are in the firefox menu not on google

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Old 01-08-2012, 06:03 PM   #14
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A long shot but, is it possible that you have enabled fullscreen mode on firefox, so you think it's not running?
To figure out, click your "Web icon" and when google appears press the "F11" button on your keyboard.
 
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Hello again:
To John W: I am sorry - I made a mistake - I bought the computer in 2008 (not 1998) and was unable to use it until 6 months ago when I met someone who came to the house and got me connected to the internet which I had been unable to do through wi-fi and always had to be connected manually to the router. It never had Windows installed which was my reason for purchasing it in the first place as I wanted to get away from Mr Gates. Google only comes in to it inasmuch as Firefox takes me instantaneously to Google, bypassing its own home page. My theory was that if I could download the latest version of Firefox I would be taken to their home page and arrange for temporary files to be removed thus achieving a cleanup - however all I seem to do is go backwards.

To segmentation fault:
I have tried the F11 idea but unfortunately nothing happens except the screen re-orientates itself but does not alter. I know Firefox is running as the name of the program I am running always appears at the top of the screen as:

program name: Mozilla
 
  


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