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Question for Unix geeks
Posted by: Bimwad
Date: September 12, 2006 06:30AM
I have a secondary drive that used to act as a boot drive. Every visible system and application directory was trashed, leaving some data, but the drive hasn't been reformatted.

Now, it's just a backup/temporary storage drive for data files and documents.

While poking around, I've noticed that various well-hidden (even from OS9) directories still exist -- bin, cores, etc, private, sbin, usr.

Is it safe to trash them to free up the space?

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Re: Question for Unix geeks
Posted by: mattkime
Date: September 12, 2006 06:54AM
yes, its safe but they're not really taking up any space

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Re: Question for Unix geeks
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: September 12, 2006 08:16AM
on 10.4,
/bin takes up about 3.5MB
/etc is a symlink to private/etc
/cores is(/should be) empty
/private is 290MB
/sbin is 2.3 MB
/usr is 690MB

less than 1GB all told.

Since there are lots of other directories and hidden files, why not just reformat the drive and be done with it?

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