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Rmlint – Optimize your disk space on Linux

Rmlint – Optimize your disk space on Linux

If your hard drive is full and you don't know how to clean it, rmlint He can help you. Available in most Linux distributions, this open source tool will allow you to optimize your disk space in no time.

Unlike other tools of the same type, it is quick to perform by scanning your disks in the blink of an eye to find all the files that are unnecessarily consuming your precious storage space. In the list of features, rmlint can detect:

  • the Duplicate files And duplicate directories
  • the Non-isolated diodes (i.e. with debug codes)
  • the Broken symbolic links
  • the Empty files and directories
  • Files with Invalid user or group ID

But that's not all because it also offers a paranoia mode for those who want to be 100% sure that important files are not accidentally deleted. It also offers multiple options to suit your needs and can also limit you to files more recent than a certain date.

For fans of modern file systems such as btrfsknow that rmlint runs it like a boss and can take advantage of the latter's advanced features to free up more disk space.

To install it under Debian/Ubuntu, a small program is needed

sudo apt install rmlint

Will do. Then to run it, just type the command rmlint Followed by the directory you want to scan. For example:

rmlint /home/utilisateur/dossier-bordel

You can add options to improve the analysis, e.g -o To specify the output format or


To enable paranoia mode if you don't trust the hashes returned by the tool and are concerned about deleting non-duplicate files.

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And there you have it, in a few seconds (or minutes depending on the size of the directory), rmlint will give you a nice report listing all the files worth getting rid of. All you have to do is delete them at once. rm Get in good shape and take advantage of your newly freed gigabytes!

Go for it Download rmlint and discover all its options. Your hard drive will thank you!