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Profile-cleaner

Use profile-cleaner to reduce the size of browser profiles by organizing their sqlite databases using sqlite3's vacuum and reindex functions.

Packages by Distro

To add the PPA (personal package archive) to your Debian (tested on squeeze) system, and to install psd:

# 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 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.

Dependencies

  • bc
  • findutils
  • sqlite
  • parallel (new dependency)

Sample Output and Results Using an "Uncleaned" Firefox Profile:

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

Speed Comparison

28-Nov-2012 Profile-cleaner has been rewritten to use GNU Parallel for processing.

Here is a contrived example syncing 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.

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