In this page we will show you two tools used to clean up your file system under Ubuntu. The first one is GConf Cleaner (with GUI), the second is Cruft (command line tool). Booth tools are available in the official Ubuntu repository, so their installations are very simple.

1. GConf Cleaner:

GConf Cleaner is an application with GUI that allows users to delete obsolete and unused entries stored in the Gconf database, a configuration database used by GNOME, but be careful when using this tool because it may remove some useful GNOME entries. To install it under Ubuntu 11.10/11.04, open this link, or run simply this command from the terminal:

sudo apt-get install gconf-cleaner

Start now Gconf Cleaner via the Unity Dash and follow the cleanup wizard:

2. Cruft:

Cruft is a command-line utility that allows to scan your system for inappropriate files and entries by taking into account what resides in the dpkg database. It will remove orphaned files left during installation/removal of packages. To install Cruft under Ubuntu 11.10/11.04, use this link, or run the following command:

sudo apt-get install cruft

You can then start it with this command:


For more options you can use with this command-line tool, you can run this command:

man cruft

That's it!

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