SafariStand & History Flow

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  1. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

    ziggyonice

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    So I've got the SafariStand plugin installed, and I love it. It especially works great with the History Flow feature, which I use all the time to browse my history.

    Problem here is that I started looking through my hard drive for some old files to delete, when I found the folder that stores the thumbnails for History Flow (~/Library/Caches/SafariStand/thumbnail.noindex/). It had kept the thumbnails in there since the day I installed the plugin! A few gigs of data were being used up by these really outdated items of history. So my question is, does anyone know of a way to have these items be deleted after a certain period of time?

    It seems that Safari's option to erase your history over a set amount of time has no effect on the files stored within this folder. Any ideas? Thanks.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    Do you need to keep recent instances, or is it okay to periodically trash everything in the directory?
     
  3. ziggyonice thread starter macrumors 68020

    ziggyonice

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    Keeping recent instances would be most ideal, although either is better than gigs of data just sitting there.
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    Okay, I'm not good enough in UNIX to know how to delete files older than a certain age, but I can tell you how to empty the directory whenever you start the computer, anyway. That's probably the best way to go since it doesn't risk deleting a thumbnail that's in use. The process is a little involved, but straightforward. Don't let it intimidate you.

    Open a Terminal window, and run

    crontab -e

    Press a, then add a new line at the end if there's already anything in there. (There probably won't be, just a bunch of empty lines denoted with ~.) Type:

    @reboot rm ~/Library/Caches/SafariStand/thumbnail.noindex/*

    Then hit escape. Now type :wq and hit return.

    That's all it should take. Try rebooting the computer and see if it works as advertised. Hey, it's not my fault that vim is so counterintuitive... :p
     
  5. SteveSalt macrumors newbie

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    Hazel

    You can set up Hazel to move files to the trash. runs automatically on the frequency you set up (among many other things Hazel can do). I just set it up to remove anything older than 60 days.

    http://www.noodlesoft.com/
     

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