Use profile-cleaner to reduce the size of browser profiles by organizing their sqlite databases using sqlite3's vacuum and reindex functions. The term "browser" is used loosely since profile-cleaner happily works on some email clients and newsreaders too.
- Firefox (stable, beta, and aurora)
- Google-chrome (stable, beta, and dev)
- Heftig's version of Aurora (https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=117157)
- Arch via AUR Package: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/profile-cleaner
- Chakra: in the CCR.
- Debian: See instruction below
- Gentoo: See instructions below
- Mint: See instruction below
- Ubuntu: See instructions below
- Void: in the Void repos.
To add the PPA (personal package archive) to your Debian (tested on squeeze) system, and to install psd, do the following as the root user:
echo "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/graysky/utils/ubuntu quantal main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/graysky.list echo "deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/graysky/utils/ubuntu quantal main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/graysky.list apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys FF7F9516 apt-get update apt-get install profile-cleaner
To add the overlay to your Gentoo system:
layman -a laurentb emerge profile-cleaner
To add the PPA (personal package archive) to your Mint system (tested on 14.1), and to install psd:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graysky/utils sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install profile-sync-daemon
To add the PPA (personal package archive) to your Ubuntu (packages available for Lucid and newer) system, and to install psd:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graysky/utils sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install profile-cleaner
If you are interested in packaging psd for your favorite distro, please contact me.
Size before: 154.17 Mbytes Size after: 99.11 Mbytes $ profile-cleaner f /home/facade/.mozilla/firefox/zee52krz.default/cookies.sqlite reduced by .87 Mbytes /home/facade/.mozilla/firefox/zee52krz.default/signons.sqlite reduced by .41 Mbytes /home/facade/.mozilla/firefox/zee52krz.default/downloads.sqlite reduced by .56 Mbytes /home/facade/.mozilla/firefox/zee52krz.default/chromeappsstore.sqlite reduced by .03 Mbytes /home/facade/.mozilla/firefox/zee52krz.default/urlclassifier3.sqlite reduced by 43.10 Mbytes /home/facade/.mozilla/firefox/zee52krz.default/formhistory.sqlite reduced by .11 Mbytes /home/facade/.mozilla/firefox/zee52krz.default/addons.sqlite reduced by 0 Mbytes /home/facade/.mozilla/firefox/zee52krz.default/permissions.sqlite reduced by 0 Mbytes /home/facade/.mozilla/firefox/zee52krz.default/content-prefs.sqlite reduced by 0 Mbytes /home/facade/.mozilla/firefox/zee52krz.default/extensions.sqlite reduced by 0 Mbytes /home/facade/.mozilla/firefox/zee52krz.default/webappsstore.sqlite reduced by 0 Mbytes /home/facade/.mozilla/firefox/zee52krz.default/OfflineCache/index.sqlite reduced by 0 Mbytes /home/facade/.mozilla/firefox/zee52krz.default/search.sqlite reduced by 0 Mbytes /home/facade/.mozilla/firefox/zee52krz.default/places.sqlite reduced by 9.98 Mbytes firefox profile reduced by 55.06 Mbytes
28-Nov-2012 Profile-cleaner has been rewritten to use GNU Parallel for processing.
Here is a contrived example cleaning 6 firefox profiles comparing the classical version of Profile-cleaner which used for loops to process profiles to the new version:
- There are a total of 312 M in the 6 "dirty" profiles.
- Test machine is an Intel 3770K @ 4.50 GHz.
- After cleaning there is a total of 213 M in the 6 "clean" profiles.
new 4.07s user 0.42s system 318% cpu 1.411 total
old 8.15s user 0.43s system 95% cpu 8.942 total
Your mileage may vary.