How to Save space , System taking too much Space

Hello Garuda users.


  • Despite removing all snapshots and rebooting , In /.snapshots there are still 3 snapshots taking up space I don't know how to remove them ,

  • Also how much space does a vanilla install of kde-garuda takes , I have removed all the stuffs I don't need and only have a 27Gb windows Virtualbox file .

  • Please suggest me best way to identify what programs are taking most space , currently I use FileLight but it confuses me by showing all files in snapshot .

Please don't say you have so much free storage , I need it for games as they run better on SSD .

You can choose folders to exclude in Filelight or just scan specific folders like /var and /home.
Did you clear pacman cache?

sudo pacman -Scc
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Are you using Snapper Tools to delete the snapshots? There's also settings in Garuda Assistant for snapper as well. There's a recent post related to this, perhaps something in there could help

As for storage management, I've grown to like gdu. It's a nice little terminal app that will list out largest files on top, and gives you simple options to delete, open in a file manager, etc.


What to exclude in FileLight var lib all are in snapshots
I removed all cached packages and files using Stacer cleaner feature

Exclude /.snapshots, you can use BTRFS assistant to clear remaining snapshots.

I have removed

I mean windows used to use this much space
50 GB , out of which 27GB is Virtualbox file
and remaining 23 GB is system ??

Scan your /home and /var folders. These are the places that are most likely to take space. Uninstall programs you don't use.

Please do not post screenshots of terminal output, copy and paste the text whenever you can.

Post the output of

sudo btrfs subvolume list /

ID 256 gen 13066 top level 5 path @_backup_20231602013043985
ID 257 gen 13416 top level 5 path @home
ID 258 gen 13134 top level 5 path @root
ID 259 gen 13066 top level 5 path @srv
ID 260 gen 13164 top level 5 path @cache
ID 261 gen 13416 top level 5 path @log
ID 262 gen 13165 top level 5 path @tmp
ID 263 gen 13151 top level 288 path .snapshots
ID 288 gen 13416 top level 5 path @
ID 495 gen 13148 top level 263 path .snapshots/1/snapshot
ID 496 gen 13149 top level 263 path .snapshots/2/snapshot

This is a non-standard top level subvolume, probably generated by some snapshot restoration weirdness. See if it shows up in the "subvolume" tab of Btrfs Assistant. Deleting that subvolume may free up a few more GB.


I have deleted and rebooted , it has freed up 3Gb more

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