Erase cache, clean registry in Linux

Loïc Grenié loic.grenie at
Tue Nov 25 20:27:33 UTC 2008

2008/11/25 Johnny Rosenberg <gurus.knugum at>:
> 2008/11/25 Loïc Grenié <loic.grenie at>
>> 2008/11/25, Michael Haney <thezorch at>:
>> > On Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 9:33 AM, Manuel Gomez <mgdpz1 at> wrote:
>> >> Hi, i would like to know a tool or software to erase the cache, clean
>> >> the registry...
>> >>
>> >> Somebody could help me?
>> > >
>> > > Thank you very much, I appreciate your help.
>> >>
>> >
>> >
>> > That's the Windows way of thinking.
>>    Indeed... but
>> > For one, Linux doesn't create  temp files like Windows does
>>     What you mean is probably false. Lots of programs under
>>  Linux create temporary files, for instance Firefox (and other
>>  browsers) save a copy of the pages in its disk cache (situated
>>  in ~/.mozilla/firefox/*.default/Cache for Firefox).
> Yes, Firefox does, Linux doesn't.

     It really depends on what you call Linux

-  Linux = the kernel does not create temporary files
-  GNU/Linux or whatever Linux distribution contains lots of
   programs that create temporary files.

  Most people understand Linux as the whole operating system,
  some (more knowledgeable) use Linux as the kernel. I though
  Michael Haney meant Linux as "the distribution" and that's
  why I've written "what you *probably* mean".

>> How you clean
>>  the cache depends very much on the program; however you
>>  probably mean "Firefox' cache" so that you can
>> click on Edit -> Preferences
>> in the "Advanced" tab click "Empty cache"
>>    If you want to empty the cache of another program, you'll
>>  have to specify which one !
>> > and secondly Linux doesn't have a  Registry.
>>     100% true but gnome has a configuration database which
>>  looks a lot like registry.
>>    If by "clear registry" you mean remove Firefox history, you
>>  have a "history bar" that you can access using <Ctrl-H>
>>  within which it is easy to clean history. If you mean something
>>  else, you'll have to be more precise.
>> >  Any temporary data in Linux is written to the swap
>> >  partition and not the main partition where the files for Linux and its
>> >  applications are stored.
>>     This is not true. Some programs create temporary files, some
>>  other do not, some of temporary data is stored in memory (and can
>>  finish in swap) some on disk some in "tmpfs" (which is like a
>>  ramdisk). It varies a lot.
> Yes, some programs do, but still, does LINUX create temporary files? I am
> not an expert, so I don't know.

    As above: Linux the kernel no, GNU/Linux the operating system yes.


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