Bleachbit + Linux, how safe is it?

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At the {url=forum.linuxmint.com]Linux Mint forum[/url] there's always a discussion about Bleachbit and how safe it is. Some diehard folks state that using Bleachbit is a one-way ticket for destroying your system. In my opinion, Bleachbit is as safe as ccleaner under Windows.

i would like to hear from you guys, what your opinion is about this question.
Thanks!

ROCKNROLLKID's picture

There is always going to be some people who will hate something. I guess BleachBit just found their haters. Really, there is nothing wrong with BleachBit, as long as you know what you are doing. You have to know what should be cleaned and what shouldn't before using BleachBit (or CCleaner). Removing files like Temp files or internet history may actually reduce performance for applications because those files are meant to speed up performance. The reason why BleachBit and CCleaner cleans them is because they can pile up fast. A temp file can pile up to 1GB in little over a month for someone who uses his PC for 10 hours a day.

About Linux mint's discussion, I think it would be better to keep that discussion over their and not bring it here, unless it is meant to. They are only really expressing their opinions, not bringing up any issues. We don't want to start a forum war over here, too.

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Windows 10 x64 (switching to ReactOS in the future).

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Ofcourse i don't want to bring any discussion from one forum to another forum. And yes, there are a lot of folks who hate Bleachbit and will continue fight Bleachbit to the bitter end (sounds like the story of Don Quichotte...). Why i asked it here? This is the Bleachbit forum, so i expected a honest answer here. Pure logic!

I use Bleachbit for many years now and never had any problems. I also use Deborphan, which is in my opinion, far more dangerous than Bleachbit. With Deborphan you are able to remove packages that are needed for your system. Up till now Bleachbit never had done this. I'm happy with Bleachbit. I use it once or twice a month.

I really don't know what kind of problems other have. When i ask for it, they keep silenced...

ROCKNROLLKID's picture

We always appreciate reviews from our users. Negative reviews can actually be a good thing because it allows us to see where we went wrong so we can fix it in future releases so no one else can have that same issue. We also, from time to time, love to hear about positive reviews, such as yourself, of our software to help keep us motivated.

None the less, I have been using BleachBit for over a year now and I plan to stick with it no matter what happens.

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Also known as Alex.

Moderator for BleachBit and a maintainer for Winapp2.

Check out my open-source group on Steam: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/opencommunity

Windows 10 x64 (switching to ReactOS in the future).

I've seen two kinds of negative comments.

First, some people ask what is the purpose---maybe because Linux has better uninstallers (deb, rpm, etc). Some people write their own clean-up scripts, and this is exactly how I started writing BleachBit. Uninstallers don't collect all the garbage left by software. For example, if a user switches from Firefox to Google Chrome, the Firefox uninstaller won't clean up the cache, etc. Another purpose is to give more control over what is cleaned, or to automate cleaning of a variety of applications from a single interface.

Second, I've also read that BleachBit is dangerous, but like you, I could not get any specifics, so I suppose it is speculation or rumor instead of fact. If there is any "dangerous" option in BleachBit, it should either be clearly labeled or removed. Anyone is free to report any "dangerous" (unintended) side effects or audit the source code for any reason. There are no secrets.

I appreciate the question and invite any honest dialogue.

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Andrew, lead developer