There are three types of configuration files for unburden-home-dir:
Global Xsession Hook Configuration File
It is sourced by unburden-home-dir’s Xsession hook and configures the global on-login behaviour.
UNBURDEN_HOME: If set to
yes, unburden-home-dir will run for all users upon X login.
UNBURDEN_BASENAME: Sets the basename of the configuration files to use. Defaults to
unburden-home-dir. Equivalent to the
General Configuration File
/etc/unburden-home-dir(Global configuration file)
~/.unburden-home-dir(Per user configuration file)
~/.config/unburden-home-dir/config(XDG style per user configuration file)
All three file are parsed by Config::File in the above given order.
The files may contain one or more of the following settings:
TARGETDIR: To where the files should be unburdened, e.g.
FILELAYOUT: File name template for the target locations.
UNBURDEN_HOME: For per user activation of unburden-home-dir upon X login,
UNBURDEN_HOME=yes(see above) may be used in the per-user configuration files, too.
FILELAYOUT variable knows about these format strings replaced by
the according values from the user running
%uis replaced by the user name.
%iis replaced by the user id.
%sis replaced by the target identifier defined in the list file.
unburden-home-dir looks at the following places for list of files to
take care of:
/etc/unburden-home-dir.list(Global list of files to take care of)
~/.unburden-home-dir.list(Per user list of files to take care of)
~/.config/unburden-home-dir/list(XDG style per user list of files to take care of)
File Format of unburden-home-dir.list
unburden-home-dir.list lists files and directories to take care of and
how to take care of them.
Each lines contains space separated values. The columns are interpreted as follows:
- column: Action (
m: delete/remove or move; the first two are equivalent)
- column: Type (
F: directory or file, capital letter means “create it if it doesn’t exist”)
- column: Path relative to
$HOMEto move off to some other location.
- column: Identifier for file or directory in the other location.
The (partial) path names given in the third and fourth column initially must be of the type declared in the second column, i.e. you can’t list a file’s name in the third column but then only give the path to the subdirectory to where it should be unburden in the fourth column. The fourth column must contain the path to the symlink target itself, too.
What To Unburden?
The Debian package comes with a lot of commented examples in
etc/unburden-home-dir.list in the
Git repository or source tar ball.
A good start for checking what kind of caches you have in your own home directory is running
find ~ -type d -iname ‘cache‘ -not -path ‘/.git/‘ -not -path ‘/.hg/‘ -print0 | xargs -0 du -sh | sort -h
Older versions of the
sort utility (e.g. GNU Coreutils versions
before 7.5, i.e. before Debian 6.0 Squeeze) don’t have the
option. In that case drop the
-h from the
du call as well and use
sort -n instead:
find ~ -type d -iname ‘cache‘ -not -path ‘/.git/‘ -not -path ‘/.hg/‘ -print0 | xargs -0 du -s | sort -n
Or check Mundus Project’s modules which cache files they would clean up.
Example Configuration Files
/usr/share/doc/unburden-home-dir/examples/ on debianoid
etc/ in the source tar ball for example files.