Sometimes my hard drive gets low on space, and various things don't work properly until I empty the Trash and free up some space. I know there are applications that empty the Trash after a set interval—but what I want is an app or script (or other means) to empty the Trash whenever there's e.g. less than 2GB of free space on a given hard drive.
I use a third party preference pane Compost that deletes from trash when the disk fills up or if the file has been in trash for a given time.
The original download stopped working for me but I have just found this on the author's site instead of the distributer. Note the author's comment
Compost is in a bit of a state of flux right now. The distributor has moved on to a different market and we wish them well in their endeavors. Additionally, the changes necessary to fully support Snow Leopard have been going through an extensive beta period as a result of the degree and complexity of changes required. Please stay tuned for more information.
So it might not work even from this download
When I updated this I had just installed it on Yosemite and it installed (but not enough time to see if it deleted anything) I have now updated to El Capitan and the installer fails.
You could also edit the crontab with
EDITOR=nano crontab -e and add a line like
0 * * * * osascript -e 'tell app "Finder" to empty trash if free space of startup disk < 2.0E+9'
Hazel supports keeping the trash under a certain size or keeping items only for a period like two weeks.
I use CleanMyMac, though there are lots of others that do a similar job. CleanMyMac also cleans cache, etc. Hazel is also good for cleaning out folders that fill up with rubbish quite frequently.
That's an interesting question.
I wrote a little shell script that will empty the trash if the available disk space falls before a threshold defined in the script (default is 10 GB but you can change that by editing the script).
Download this: http://share.luo.ma/ase/12167/etilds.zsh
Install it to
chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/etilds.zsh
Use launchd for automatic trash emptying
If you want this to run automatically, I recommend launchd. To do that
Download this http://share.luo.ma/ase/12167/com.tjluoma.etilds.plist
Move it to ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
Tell it to run via
launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.tjluoma.etilds.plist
It will run every 5 minutes (300 seconds) by default. You can edit that too.
~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.tjluoma.etilds.plist and reboot.
Notes and Disclaimer
No guarantees or warranty but it works for me. Use at your own risk.
You have to edit
etilds.zsh. Read it and you'll understand what to do.
"etilds" stands for "Empty Trash If Low Disk Space" because a) I couldn't come up with a better name and b) it seemed a sufficiently unix-y acronym.