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The ‘Recent’ item under places in nautilus sidebar can be handy for accessing recent files on the system. However it can also be a privacy breach. There seems no easy setting to hide the ‘recent’ entry under places. Hiding the sidebar option will hide it completely. Here is a way to hide the ‘recent’ places under the file manager. Actually this does not hide the recent places, but does not allows any files to be listed there in the first place. After doing the following, you’ll see the ‘recent’ under places but there won’t be files listed in there.

The items shown under the recent are stored in a file which is dynamically modified as the user access the files over the system. Simply delete the file containing the recent items history using the following command.

$rm -rf ~/.local/share/recently-used.xbel

Now you’ll need to logout & relogin for changes to take effect. However this is only a one time solution. You’ll need to manually run this command from time to time to clear the recent items.

If you want to save this hassle, you can do the following changes to clear the recent items from not showing up at all. A permanent fix would be to first delete the above file. Now immediately before you open any of your documents(audio, video, text or any file), open a terminal & do the following.

$cd ~/.local/share/

$touch recently-used.xbel

$su

#chattr +i recently-used.xbel

That’s it & you’re done. Now ‘recent’ items under the sidebar will always be empty. To know more about the chattr command, read this post.

Over the time, your operating system tends to generate temporary files which get on accumulating in the temporary directories. This negatively affects the system responsiveness & off-course wastes disk space. Further, there are also other resources like browser caches, thumbnail caches & more which if not cleared from time to time make the system sluggish. An advance user may very well take control & go rectifying each of the above problems. However that would mean more time to clear up each individual thing. Here, steps in to rescue is KDE’s very own utility – Sweeper(Application>Utilities>Sweeper).

Sweeper
As the name suggests, Sweeper is a tiny utility which lets one clear all the unwanted clutter from the system. The interface of sweeper is ridiculously idiot-proof & all the options are self explanatory. Simply check whatever you wish to get rid off from your system & hit “Clean Up”. Sweeper is capable of clearing cookies, temporary files, thumbnail cache, browser cache, favicons, clipboard, recently used document list, recent applications etc.

From time to time, I recommend running Sweeper & letting it do its job. It will ensure you good disk resources & a responsive computer.

Its been two decades since Linux was released as a hobbyist project by Linus Torvalds. Today it has invaded in most of the gizmos & technologies that we use. To celebrate these 20 glorious years from a geek OS to a friendly OS, Linux Foundation has put a great video.

Many congrats to all the linux developers around the world for making it a grand success. Proud to be a small drop in this big ocean called “Linux”.

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