[QUOTE]Originally posted by Ageless
[B]Was wondering, what maintenance is necessary to keep Linux running well and for longer periods without a fresh installation. ]
I run Mandrake and that has some built in cron jobs which do clean ups. I don't know what distro you are using. If it is Mandrake someone on the newbie list would help with the scripts, if you don't get the info here. Look in /etc/cron.daily
by using cd into it and then ls -al. See below, and this will tell you what jobs are being done, if any. Also if you google cron or cron.daily I think you would get information on what it can do, and how to do it.
[rosemary@localhost ~]$ cd /etc/cron.daily
[rosemary@localhost cron.daily]$ ls -al
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr 22 10:37 ./
drwxr-xr-x 74 root root 4096 Apr 29 11:55 ../
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 180 Mar 14 21:30 logrotate*
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 402 Feb 9 04:01 makewhatis.cron*
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 27 Apr 22 08:41 msec -> /usr/share/msec/security.sh*
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 104 Mar 11 02:07 rpm*
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 314 Jan 10 18:07 tmpwatch*
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 90 Apr 22 10:37 virusscan.sh*
Maybe take a look at this link for some information ...