Reduce the number of things

One of the things I'm obsessed about during the last year is reducing the number of things that I have.

For example, the laptop where I'm typing now has 128 GB SSD—it's 8 years old and storage is more than scarce. When the amount of space decreases drastically, instead of thinking of buying an external SSD or a new laptop, why not reducing the files on it?

Last year I created a folder to put old files on there. Files that aren't being opened for year, get deleted.

Here is the script:


# Vacuum cleaner
# It deletes old files of a folder
# Copyright © 2020 Erik Martín Jordán
# All rights reserved

# Declaring root of files quarantine

# Period to quarantine the files
one_year=$((365 * 24 * 60 * 60))

# Current date in epoch
current_date=$(date +%s)

# Iterating through quarantine folder
for file in $quarantine_folder

    # Geetting name and last access of file
    name=$(basename "$file")
    last_access=$(stat -f %a "$file")
    # Diffrence between current date and last access
    difference=$((current_date - last_access))
    # Remove file if difference is > 1 year
    if [ "$difference" -gt "$one_year" ]
        $(rm "$file")

Hi, I'm Erik, an engineer from Barcelona. If you like the post or have any comments, say hi.