Is there a script to remove old packages from local disk

Ed C. Lueless
Wed Jun 17 15:01:00 GMT 2009

On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 03:10:11PM +0200, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
>On Jun 17 13:54, Dave Korn wrote:
>> Christopher Faylor wrote:
>> > On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 06:16:17PM -0400, Ralph Hempel wrote:
>> >> Christopher Faylor wrote:
>> >> <duck>
>> >>
>> >> Wouldn't it be nice if setup knew enough to remove the bz2 files for
>> >> packages that were no longer current?
>> >>
>> >> </duck>
>> > 
>> > No need to duck.  I think setup really should just delete the files
>> > when it is done with them if you choose "install from internet".
>>   Keeping the accumulated older versions cached in the local package dir has
>> saved my skin and/or been a handy source of historical reference material on
>> numerous occasions.  So if we're going to add a "tidy up local package dir"
>> behaviour, I reckon it should be governed by another check-box on the final
>> page, alongside the "create menu item" and "create shortcut" boxes.
>Since I'm using a local mirror and thus the local download option
>exclusively, this isn't as important to me as an option on the
>installer page to brew some coffee(*) during installation.  It would
>be nice(TM) if somebody would add it finally.
>(*) No decaf, please.  My hippos tend to sleep too much without caffeine.

Actually, I think that I, like most users, use the accumlated contents of
the files in the download directory to provide a cryptographic hash for
use in protecting some of my sensitive data.  If I deleted all of the files
in this directory then the hash would be zero!!!  Cygwin really needs to
be more security conscious than this.

I vote NO on remvoing files.

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