Advice on CLEANUP.....

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Advice on CLEANUP.....

Postby ramblin » 2017-07-31 01:17

I have installed and configured Debian 9 Stretch on my 3 GHz. Pentium 4 desktop. Even more amazing is I have installed all my favorite hardware, apps, and players, (Spotify and WiFi being the most difficult) and everything is working Fantastic ! I downloaded dozens of packages, drivers and apps, a lot of it unnecessary to get everything working. I`ve had no issues streaming anything, however it takes a while to get to a desktop and I feel the whole system must be bloated. Space is not an issue but I would like to safely remove anything hindering performance and optimizing my minimum resources. Where to start ??
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Re: Advice on CLEANUP.....

Postby dasein » 2017-07-31 01:21

RAM?

DE?

Don't make folks guess.
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Re: Advice on CLEANUP.....

Postby ramblin » 2017-07-31 02:42

dasein wrote:RAM?

DE?

Don't make folks guess.




Ram is 2 GB, the most I had for 2 slots. I could always add more. DE ??? Now you are making me guess. Hee.. Hee....
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Re: Advice on CLEANUP.....

Postby Bulkley » 2017-07-31 02:55

Off the top the cheapest thing you can do is run a window manager instead of the desktop. Desktops are always bloated resource hogs. Window managers are lightweight but require more user configuration.

Doubling your RAM might help.
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Re: Advice on CLEANUP.....

Postby dasein » 2017-07-31 03:07

ramblin wrote:Hee.. Hee....

Oh, so you think it's funny to waste folks' time--to make them ask and ask again, and then again and...

Well here's the even funnier part: ucp.php?i=zebra&mode=foes&add=ramblin

Game over.
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Re: Advice on CLEANUP.....

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Re: Advice on CLEANUP.....

Postby kedaha » 2017-07-31 06:22

Watching the machine booting is boring so what I do is just switch the computer on, walk away from it—usually to the kitchen—and by the time I get back the desktop environment or DE is up and running. A 3 GHz Pentium running a i386 system is not the fastest of machines, specially with only 2G memory.
ramblin wrote: Space is not an issue but I would like to safely remove anything hindering performance and optimizing my minimum resources.

Cleanup tips such as those detailed at raphaelhertzog.com won't make the system boot or run any faster but you may have installed unnecessary stuff which is not necessary for a DE.
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Re: Advice on CLEANUP.....

Postby ramblin » 2017-07-31 12:40

DE = desktop environment. OK, I really couldn`t figure that out. I certainly wouldn`t waste any ones time. Only meant that lightheartly because I really didn`t know. I spend hours looking here before I post. I just don`t want to screw up what I did. I will follow the link provided. Any other advice is welcome. After all, I am a noob at this.
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Re: Advice on CLEANUP.....

Postby Lysander » 2017-07-31 14:25

ramblin wrote:I spend hours looking here before I post. I just don`t want to screw up what I did. I will follow the link provided. Any other advice is welcome. After all, I am a noob at this.


Hours, eh... Anyway, I would be interested to know just how long your boot takes. Care to time it? My guess is that this is a hardware 'issue' that can only be expected with running a single core, 2GB RAM machine with presumably a platter drive.

Just run

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sudo apt autoremove
sudo apt autoclean


to get rid of extraneous packages.
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Re: Advice on CLEANUP.....

Postby ramblin » 2017-07-31 15:54

Hours here and hours on 4-5 other sites figuring out Spotify and wireless. to be honest I don`t know how linux works. If extra packages and drivers, est. cause no resource issues I`m happy to leave them alone. I`m thrilled with it now. I just ordered ram. See, I am paying attention. So now I will research "apt autoremove and autoclean".
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Re: Advice on CLEANUP.....

Postby MALsPa » 2017-07-31 16:25

ramblin wrote:DE = desktop environment. OK, I really couldn`t figure that out.

So, what DE are you running? Stuff that's starting up with the DE is probably what's slowing down the time it takes to get to the desktop, more than anything else.
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Re: Advice on CLEANUP.....

Postby ramblin » 2017-07-31 16:45

I`m using lightdm (is that cinnamon?) A window manager was recommended over a desktop. How would I go about trying that ?
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Re: Advice on CLEANUP.....

Postby MALsPa » 2017-07-31 17:14

lightdm is a display manager. Try this command, it might show which DE you're using:

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echo $XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP
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Re: Advice on CLEANUP.....

Postby ramblin » 2017-07-31 18:02

X-Cinnamon
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Re: Advice on CLEANUP.....

Postby ramblin » 2017-08-01 01:46

OK, after much research today on autoclean and autoremove I have concluded that as a rookie this is not the way for me to go. I have chose instead to use the "packages" utility and remove one at a time. Since I had a scratchpad of notes, a lot dealing with wireless it has not been bad. New questions. If I plan on using only cinnamon desktop can I safely remove a lot of the KDE and GNOME packages such as wallpapers and plasma themes? Some of these are huge. My 1st question on this forum dealt with getting my desktop to load and I was putting in everything I could find KDE and GNOME. have found some KDE and GNOME utilities I like and have been using. Wouldn`t want to mess them up. #2 When running KDE System Monitor, with Firefox up what would be a normal amount of processes running. I`m at 151 which seems a little high to me.
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