unburden-home-dir(1) unburdens home directories from caches and trashes


unburden-home-dir [ -n | -u | -f filter ]
unburden-home-dir ( -h | --help | --version )


unburden-home-dir unburdens the home directory from files and directory which cause high I/O or disk usage but are neither important if they are lost, e.g. caches or trash directory.

When being run it moves the files and directories given in the configuration file to a location outside the home directory, e.g. /tmp or /scratch, and puts appropriate symbolic links in the home directory instead.


use the given string as basename instead of "unburden-home-dir".
read an additional configuration file.
read only the given configuration file
just unburden those directory matched by the given filter (a perl regular expression) - it matches the already unburdened directories if used together with -u.
Do not check for files in use with lsof before (re)moving files.
read an additional list file
read only the given list file
dry run (show what would be done)
undo (reverse the functionality and put stuff back into the home directory)
-h, --help
show this help
show the program's version


Example configuration files can be found at /usr/share/doc/unburden-home-dir/examples/ on Debian-based systems and in the etc/ directory of the source tar ball.


/etc/unburden-home-dir, /etc/unburden-home-dir.list, ~/.unburden-home-dir, ~/.unburden-home-dir.list, ~/.config/unburden-home-dir/config, ~/.config/unburden-home-dir/list, /etc/default/unburden-home-dir, /etc/X11/Xsession.d/95unburden-home-dir

Read the documentation at either /usr/share/doc/unburden-home-dir/html/ on debianoid installations, at https://unburden-home-dir.readthedocs.io/ online, or in the docs/ directory in the source tar ball for an explanation of these files.


Unburden Home Dir is written and maintained by Axel Beckert [email protected].


Unburden Home Dir is available under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2 or any later version at your option.