unburden-home-dir(1) – unburdens home directories from caches and trashes


unburden-home-dir [ -n | -u | -f filter ]
unburden-home-dir ( -h | --help | --version )


unburden-home-dir unburdens the home directory from files and directory which cause high I/O or disk usage but are neither important if they are lost, e.g. caches or trash directory.

When being run it moves the files and directories given in the configuration file to a location outside the home directory, e.g. /tmp or /scratch, and puts appropriate symbolic links in the home directory instead.


  • -b: use the given string as basename instead of “unburden-home-dir”.

  • -c: read an additional configuration file.

  • -C: read only the given configuration file

  • -f: just unburden those directory matched by the given filter (a perl regular expression) - it matches the already unburdened directories if used together with -u.

  • -F: Do not check for files in use with lsof before (re)moving files.

  • -l: read an additional list file

  • -L: read only the given list file

  • -n: dry run (show what would be done)

  • -u: undo (reverse the functionality and put stuff back into the home directory)

  • -h, --help: show this help

  • --version: show the program’s version


Example configuration files can be found at /usr/share/doc/unburden-home-dir/examples/ on Debian-based systems and in the etc/ directory of the source tar ball.


/etc/unburden-home-dir, /etc/unburden-home-dir.list, ~/.unburden-home-dir, ~/.unburden-home-dir.list, ~/.config/unburden-home-dir/config, ~/.config/unburden-home-dir/list, /etc/default/unburden-home-dir, /etc/X11/Xsession.d/95unburden-home-dir

Read the documentation at either /usr/share/doc/unburden-home-dir/html/ on debianoid installations, at https://unburden-home-dir.readthedocs.io/ online, or in the docs/ directory in the source tar ball for an explanation of these files.


corekeeper, autotrash(1), agedu(1), bleachbit(1), mundus, computer-janitor(1), rmlint(1).

Of, course, du(1) can help you to find potential files or directories to handle by unburden-home-dir, but there are quite some du(1)-like tools out there which are way more comfortable, e.g. ncdu(1) (text-mode), baobab(1) (GNOME), filelight(1) (KDE), xdiskusage(1) (X tool calling du(1) itself), or xdu(1) (X tool reading du(1) output from STDIN).


Unburden Home Dir is written and maintained by Axel Beckert abe@deuxchevaux.org.


Unburden Home Dir is available under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2 or any later version at your option.