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Old 01-29-2010, 04:57 AM   #1
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Stealing Disk space

Hi all,

Initially I had allocated 20GB for /home. Recently I found almost 7.7 GB of my /home partition has been occupied by a directory called /home/vinay/.mozilla/firefox/2xjho3z3.default

Does any one have idea that why 2xjho3z3.default directory under firefox has consumed lot of space. Is it normal ?


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Old 01-29-2010, 05:09 AM   #2
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While browsing the internet with Mozilla Firefox, the browser stores information on you computer under this directory, for faster web browsing. It is normal that this cache can grow to large quantities if not deleted while browsing frequently.

You can press Ctrl+Shift+Del in your Mozilla Browser and there you can delete the contents of this cache.
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That is your Firefox profile directory. All of your settings and extensions are kept there. Although I can't imagine what would be taking up nearly 8 GB. You should go into the directory and find out which subdirectories are taking up the space with a command like:

du -hsc ./*
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When running firefox, in the Preferences, you can clear your history, set a limit for offline storage, and clear your offline storage. Also look at your ~/.thumbnails/ directory. You may be able to free space there.

If /tmp & /home are directories of the root partition (/) and /home isn't on it's own partition, you could delete contents you own before powering down. You may find an option where you can configure your system to do this automatically when you reboot.
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Thanks for reply.

I frequently clear the private data in my browser. I don't think this is the effect of cache created by the browser for faster browsing.

I Suspect, there should be something more than this to create 7.7 GB of data. Also I did not find any directories inside 2xjho3z3.default.

Anyway I deleted the contents of 2xjho3z3.default directory.

Thanks again..

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