Limit the size of the trash-bin in KDE3?

Anne Wilson cannewilson at
Thu Sep 10 10:01:56 BST 2009

On Thursday 10 September 2009 07:31:13 Duncan wrote:
> Anne Wilson posted on Wed, 09 Sep 2009 19:09:09 +0100 as excerpted:
> > With today's large disks space is rarely an issue.  What _is_ an issue
> > is that our memories become less reliable as we get older.  I use Delete
> > if I'm absolutely sure I want rid of it, but otherwise I use Trash.  I
> > feel reasonably confident that if I haven't needed it 7 days later I'm
> > not going to need it again, and it will be automatically deleted.
> That's an interesting point you bring up.  I'm 42, so in theory time
> should be starting to catch up to me (I know that while I'm near-sighted,
> if I wear my contacts with full distance correction, I need reading
> glasses for small print now).
> But... I don't think the 7-day thing would be useful, here.  When I see a
> file, it's either something I want to keep, or not.  There's seldom a
> "might I want it later" question at all.  

It's often things like screenshots that I made for a specific purpose - 
perhaps a user support question.  Sometimes I think the thread is dead and the 
screenshot can be deleted, but then the user might come back wanting more 
explanation.  In that case I'd restore the file and use it as a reference 
point for explaining further.  This isn't the only use-case, but you see the 
sort of thing I have in mind :-)

> But I think part of it has to do with one's comfort level with their
> filesystem layout as well.  I've always had little use for locate and
> friends, and now for this "semantic desktop" stuff, because file tree
> layout has always been intuitively logical to me, and I can normally find
> stuff in the file hierarchy without an issue.  

In general terms I've felt the same until recently.  Now I've reached the 
point where some work-in-progress is on this laptop - and maybe I forgot to 
transfer or copy across onto my server - and some only exists on the server.  
For practical reasons the file structure on the laptop is not the same as on 
the server - I have a lot less room, for a start - so I'm interested to see 
whether the further development of the semantic desktop will help me keep 
track of things.  Of course, it isn't just a simple search tool.  Locate does 
fine for that.  What happens, though, is when for instance I know that Duncan 
sent a message a week (or was it 2 weeks) ago that had information pertinent 
to the current query?  Searching on so little information - no date, no 
subject, only an approximate time-scale, and an author that writes in several 
lists - can be time-consuming, and not always productive.  It's that sort of 
case that the semantic desktop is designed to cover.

>(That my schedule is varied enough that there's no reliable time I
> could set for the database update, and be confident it wouldn't interfere
> with what I was doing a couple weeks from now when I'm actually using the
> computer at that time, is another big negative discouraging automated
> index use.)
Indexing is happening all the time here.  During the first index it did 
interfere, but it hasn't done since.  Because it's constant there is only a 
small amount to do at any one time.

> But as they say, different strokes for different folks.  

Exactly.  It's nothing to do with geek-index - there are a great many factors 
in the lives of individual people that will influence how easy it is to keep 
track of things.

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