On Windows Ccleaner turns to be a very handy -if not mandatory- tool for regular system maintenance; among many other things it cleans out caches, temporary and/or unneeded files, links and libraries, among other kinds of remaining useless “garbage”.
In a past thread it was implied that this may not be necessary on Linux in general, but… is it really true, or did I actually misunderstand it?
I read KDE has its own “Ccleaner” integrated, which is seemingly called Sweeper or the like. So is it really useful for Linux/*nix systems? Is there an equivalent for GNOME?
I have not much knowledge about Windows, thus I can not confirm that Windows can read you mind about what is “unneeded” or “remaining useless garbage”. I doubt that Linux can decide what you categorize as such.
As far as I can see the purpose of Ccleaner is to delete old temporary files and repair bad Windows Registry entries. Linux systems generally use cron jobs to clean up the “tmp” directories and do not have a Windows Registry. As far as limiting web browser caches, these are normally set from within the application software.
KDE Sweeper is a user-level desktop privacy tool and simply provides a one-stop utility to delete user activity history. It does not have a systems functionality.
I searched about BleachBit and at first sight it would look as complete as Ccleaner, but again, just at first sight.
But, would BleachBit be as worth or needed as Ccleaner on Windows? Even though I already understood Linux systems don’t have a “registry” like Windows, what does one do on Linux with things like some program crashing or not properly closed, a thing going wrong or incomplete within web browser, miscelaneous garbage stuff (files, libraries, links, orphaned stuff…) piling up within whole system when uninstalling, changing packages or even just as time passes?
Truth to be told, on the other hand, I wouldn’t like that much to rely on yet another program on Linux as I have done on Windows…
been running openSUSE for about 10 years and never needed any of that Windows stuff. Bleachhbit will try to find and remove orphaned libraries and empty caches and temp files but these things are infrequent as a problem
Each has its advantages and disadvantages,i have two desktop computers at home, one (Linux) belonging to my brother and the other (Windows 10) to me.
BleachBit is working on Linux,it does do very well,but sometimes,i have no patience as it needs enought time to work.
But for Windows computer,i just select some program or data (Files) that i don’t want,then using CCleaner to reinstall or delete them.
CCleaner didn’t work for me yerterday,some files on the computer were not recognized by it,i didn’t look into what was wrong,and i install a software called Safewiper,as i see it can do everything what CCleaner does.