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You can just temporarily displace them. cd ~ mkdir .trash find . ! -name . -prune ! -type d -atime +365 -exec \ sh -c 'touch -a -- "$@" mv -- "$@" ~/.trash ' -- {} + That will find all files in your $HOME directory - without recursing into child directories - which have not been accessed for a year. It will update the access time for ...


You can look for atime and remove files not used for a long time (provided you did not configure your system not to use atime), but that's rather risky (see tmpreaper if you want to go this way). Instead I'd suggest Bleachbit, an interactive GUI program to remove cruft.

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