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(unofficial) Choco Cleaner (Script + Task)

0.0.5.1

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This package was approved by moderator gep13 on 9/25/2018.

Screenshot of Choco-Cleaner

DO YOU WANT TO RECOVER SOME DISK SPACE USED BY UNNECESSARY RESIDUAL CHOCOLATEY FILES?

YOU JUST FOUND THE EASY WAY!

This package creates a Windows Scheduled Task to run Choco-Cleaner.ps1 every Sunday at 11:00 PM.

BEFORE and AFTER Choco-Cleaner: (198 packages installed and does not include temp folder deletions.)

schreenshot of files and diskspace  before Choco-Cleaner schreenshot of files and diskspace after choco-cleaner

Sure, you're probably not going to get gigabytes of space back, but every few KB matters on some computers and to some people! Due to slack space small files such as 6 byte .ignore files actually take up 4 KB of HDD space each.

FEATURES:

Set it and forget it! Choco-Cleaner cleans up your Chocolatey installation every Sunday at 11 PM in the background so you don't have to be bothered with it.

Choco-Cleaner is completely configurable, just edit \ProgramData\chocolatey\bin\Choco-Cleaner.xml and set true/false for any grouping of file types you want to delete or not. License and log files default to false. This has been mandated to me by Chocolatey for passing moderation. Everything else listed below is deleted by default.

Choco-Cleaner deletes:

  • .log files that are not the most current one (NOT default)
  • .zip, .rar, .iso, and various archive files left over from packages that forgot to delete them post install
  • .zip.txt and other archive-extensions.txt are lists of files that were extracted from an archive file for installation
  • .msi, .msu, and .msp are Microsoft intall packages left over from packages that forgot to delete them post install
  • .ignore files that are created to not shim executables during package install but not needed after shim operations are finished (This may change in a future version of Chocolatey.)
  • credits.txt are program credits (of contributors) files you can read on the web
  • readme.txt files you can read on the web
  • .md files are usually markdown readme files that you can read on the web
  • .old files are Chocolatey files that have been replaced by newer versions (exe's and dll's mostly)
  • chocolatey.config.backup is a backup of your chocolatey.config file
  • _processed.txt - I have no idea what made this file or why it exists
  • lib-bad holds packages that failed to install and lib-bkp contains aborted packages (during updates?)
  • archives and executables out of .nupkg files which are ZIP archives with NuGet package information - this is similar to what Package Reducer does
  • \users\username\AppData\Local\Temp\chocolatey is where new package files are downloaded to during pre-installation (if you haven't changed your cacheLocation in chocolatey.config)
  • files in cacheLocation if set in chocolatey.config
  • \users\username\AppData\Local\Nuget\Cache if Nuget client is installed and caching files there
  • \Windows\Temp\chocolatey
  • license.txt and verification.txt files are included when packages include binaries, you can read them on the package web page, programname.license.txt files are license files for Chocolatey default tools (NOT default)

If you find Choco-Cleaner useful, and I suspect you will, please consider donating: https://www.paypal.me/bcurran3donations or become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/bcurran3

PACKAGE NOTES

To install (unofficial) Choco Cleaner (Script + Task), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install choco-cleaner

To upgrade (unofficial) Choco Cleaner (Script + Task), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade choco-cleaner

Files

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  • tools\.SkipAutoUninstaller
  • tools\Choco-Cleaner-manual.bat Show
    @echo off
    net session >nul 2>&1
    if %errorLevel% == 0 goto RunScript
      else (
       color 4e
       cls
       echo.
       echo                  ********************************************
       echo                  *  You must choose "Run as administrator"  *
       echo                  ********************************************
       echo.
       timeout 5
       goto end
     )
    
    :RunScript
    powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "%ChocolateyInstall%\bin\Choco-Cleaner.ps1"
    :end
    
    
  • tools\choco-cleaner.ps1 Show
    # Choco-Cleaner.ps1 Copyleft 2017-2018 by Bill Curran 
    # LICENSE: GNU GPL v3 - https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html
    # Open a GitHub issue at https://github.com/bcurran3/ChocolateyPackages/issues if you have suggestions for improvement.
    $CCver = "v0.0.5.1 (09/23/2018)"
    
    Write-Host "Choco-Cleaner.ps1 $CCver - deletes unnecessary residual Chocolatey files to free up disk space" -foreground white
    Write-Host "Copyleft 2017-2018 Bill Curran ([email protected]) - free for personal and commercial use" -foreground white
    
    # Import preferences from choco-cleaner.xml
    [xml]$ConfigFile = Get-Content "$env:ChocolateyInstall\bin\choco-cleaner.xml"
    $DeleteLogs = $ConfigFile.Settings.Preferences.DeleteLogs
    $DeleteArchives = $ConfigFile.Settings.Preferences.DeleteArchives
    $DeleteFileLogs = $ConfigFile.Settings.Preferences.DeleteFileLogs
    $DeleteMSInstallers = $ConfigFile.Settings.Preferences.DeleteMSInstallers
    $DeleteIgnoreFiles = $ConfigFile.Settings.Preferences.DeleteIgnoreFiles 
    $DeleteReadmes = $ConfigFile.Settings.Preferences.DeleteReadmes
    $DeleteOldChoco = $ConfigFile.Settings.Preferences.DeleteOldChoco 
    $DeleteConfigBackupFile = $ConfigFile.Settings.Preferences.DeleteConfigBackupFile
    $DeleteLibBad = $ConfigFile.Settings.Preferences.DeleteLibBad
    $DeleteLibBkp = $ConfigFile.Settings.Preferences.DeleteLibBkp
    $Optimizenupkg = $ConfigFile.Settings.Preferences.Optimizenupkg
    $DeleteCache = $ConfigFile.Settings.Preferences.DeleteCache
    $DeleteLicenseFiles = $ConfigFile.Settings.Preferences.DeleteLicenseFiles
    # new configuration items since implementation of XML config in v0.0.3
    $DeleteNuGetCache = $ConfigFile.Settings.Preferences.DeleteNuGetCache
    
    # Import chocolatey.config and get cacheLocation if set
    [xml]$ChocoConfigFile = Get-Content "$env:ChocolateyInstall\config\chocolatey.config"
    $cacheLocation = $ChocoConfigFile.chocolatey.config | % { $_.add } | ? { $_.key -eq 'cacheLocation' } | select -Expand value
    
    if ($env:ChocolateyInstall -match $env:SystemDrive -and $env:SystemDrive -eq "C:")
        {
         $FreeBefore = Get-PSDrive C | foreach-object {$_.Free}
        }
    Write-Host "Choco-Cleaner Summary:" -foreground magenta
    Write-Host " * Deleting unnecessary Chocolatey _processed.txt (WTF?) file..." -foreground green
    Remove-Item -path $env:ChocolateyInstall\bin\_processed.txt -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    
    if ($DeleteIgnoreFiles)
        {
         Write-Host " * Deleting unnecessary Chocolatey .ignore files..." -foreground green
         Remove-Item -path $env:ChocolateyInstall\* -recurse -include *.ignore -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    	}
    
    if ($DeleteOldChoco)
        {	
         Write-Host " * Deleting unnecessary Chocolatey .old files..." -foreground green
         Remove-Item -path $env:ChocolateyInstall\* -recurse -include *.old -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    	}
    
    if ($DeleteCache)
        {
         Write-Host " * Deleting unnecessary Chocolatey cache files..." -foreground green
         Remove-Item -path $env:tmp\chocolatey -recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    	 Remove-Item -path $env:SystemRoot\temp\chocolatey -recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    	 if ($cacheLocation) {
    	   Remove-Item -path $cacheLocation -recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    	   }
    	}	
    	
    if ($DeleteConfigBackupFile)
        {	
         Write-Host " * Deleting unnecessary Chocolatey config backup files..." -foreground green
         Remove-Item -path $env:ChocolateyInstall\config\chocolatey.config.backup -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    	}	
    
    if ($DeleteLibBad)
        {
         Write-Host " * Deleting unnecessary Chocolatey lib-bad package files..." -foreground green
         Remove-Item -path $env:ChocolateyInstall\lib-bad -recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    	}
    
    if ($DeleteLibBkp)
        {	
         Write-Host " * Deleting unnecessary Chocolatey lib-bkp package files..." -foreground green
         Remove-Item -path $env:ChocolateyInstall\lib-bkp -recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    	}	
    
    if ($DeleteFileLogs)
        {	
         Write-Host " * Deleting unnecessary Chocolatey extracted file logs..." -foreground green
         Remove-Item -path $env:ChocolateyInstall\* -recurse -include *.zip.txt,*.exe.txt,*.rar.txt,*.7z.txt,*.gz.txt,*.tar.txt,*.sfx.txt,*.iso.txt -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    	}		
    	
    if ($DeleteLogs)
        {
         Write-Host " * Deleting unnecessary Chocolatey log files..." -foreground green
         Remove-Item -path $env:ChocolateyInstall\logs\* -recurse -exclude chocolatey.log,choco.summary.log -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
        }	
    	
    if ($DeleteArchives)
        {	
         Write-Host " * Deleting unnecessary Chocolatey package embedded archive files in toolsDir..." -foreground green
         Remove-Item -path $env:ChocolateyInstall\* -recurse -include *.zip,*.rar,*.7z,*.gz,*.tar,*.sfx,*.iso -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    	}
    
    if ($Optimizenupkg)
        {	
         Write-Host " * Deleting unnecessary Chocolatey package embedded archives and executables in .nupkg files..." -foreground green
         dir $env:ChocolateyInstall\lib -recurse -include *.nupkg | ForEach-Object {& $env:ChocolateyInstall\tools\7z.exe d -r -tZIP $_.FullName *.exe *.zip *.rar *.7z *.gz *.tar *.sfx *.iso *.msi *.msu *.msp} | Out-Null
    	}
    	
    if ($DeleteLicenseFiles)
        {
         Write-Host " * Deleting unnecessary Chocolatey package embedded license files..." -foreground green
         Remove-Item -path $env:ChocolateyInstall\* -recurse -include license.txt,*.license.txt,verification.txt -exclude shimgen.license.txt -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    	}	
    	
    if ($DeleteMSInstallers)
        {	
         Write-Host " * Deleting unnecessary Chocolatey package embedded Microsoft installers..." -foreground green
         Remove-Item -path $env:ChocolateyInstall\* -recurse -include *.msi,*.msu,*.msp -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    	}
    	
    if ($DeleteReadmes)
        {
         Write-Host " * Deleting unnecessary Chocolatey package embedded various read me files..." -foreground green
         Remove-Item -path $env:ChocolateyInstall\* -recurse -include credits.txt,readme.txt,*.md -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    	}	
    
    if ($DeleteNuGetCache)
        {
         Write-Host " * Deleting unnecessary Nuget cache files..." -foreground green
         Remove-Item -path $env:USERPROFILE\AppData\Local\NuGet\Cache -recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    	}	
    	
    if ($env:ChocolateyInstall -match $env:SystemDrive -and $env:SystemDrive -eq "C:")
        {
         $FreeAfter  = Get-PSDrive C | foreach-object {$_.Free}
    	 $FreedSpace = $FreeAfter - $FreeBefore
         $FreedSpace = $FreedSpace / 1024
    	 Write-Host Choco-Cleaner finished deleting unnecessary Chocolatey files and saved you $freedspace.ToString('N0') KB! -foreground magenta
        } else {
    	  Write-Host choco-cleaner finished deleting unnecessary Chocolatey files! -foreground magenta
    	 }
    Write-Host "Found Choco-Cleaner.ps1 useful?" -ForegroundColor white
    Write-Host "Buy me a beer at https://www.paypal.me/bcurran3donations" -ForegroundColor white
    Write-Host "Become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/bcurran3" -ForegroundColor white
    Start-Sleep -s 10
  • tools\choco-cleaner.xml Show
    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    <Settings>
      <Preferences>
        <DeleteLicenseFiles>false</DeleteLicenseFiles>  
        <DeleteLogs>false</DeleteLogs>
        <DeleteFileLogs>false</DeleteFileLogs>	
        <DeleteArchives>true</DeleteArchives>
        <DeleteMSInstallers>true</DeleteMSInstallers>
        <DeleteIgnoreFiles>true</DeleteIgnoreFiles>
        <DeleteReadmes>true</DeleteReadmes>
        <DeleteOldChoco>true</DeleteOldChoco>
        <DeleteConfigBackupFile>true</DeleteConfigBackupFile>
        <DeleteLibBad>true</DeleteLibBad>
        <DeleteLibBkp>true</DeleteLibBkp>
        <Optimizenupkg>true</Optimizenupkg>
        <DeleteCache>true</DeleteCache>
    	<DeleteNuGetCache>true</DeleteNuGetCache>
      </Preferences>
    </Settings>
    
    <!--
    #######################################################################################################################
    # You can comment out anything above that you do not want to delete such as log or license files with a # at the front of the line.
    # File deletion statements (Remove-Item) are purposely grouped for easy disabling based on types of files.
    # 
    # LEGEND:
    # * .log files that are not the most current one
    # * .zip, .rar, .iso, and various archive files left over from packages that forgot to delete them post install
    # * .zip.txt and other archive-extensions.txt are lists of files that were extracted from an archive file for installation
    # * .msi, .msu, and .msp are Microsoft intall packages left over from packages that forgot to delete them post install
    # * .ignore files are created to not shim executables during package install but not needed after shim operations are finished (This may change in a # future version of Chocolatey.)
    # * credits.txt are program credits (of contributors) files you can read on the web
    # * readme.txt files you can read on the web
    # * .md files are usually markdown readme files that you can read on the web
    # * .old files are Chocolatey files that have been replaced by newer versions (exe's and dll's mostly)
    # * chocolatey.config.backup is a backup of your chocolatey.config file
    # * _processed.txt - I have no idea what made this file
    # * lib-bad holds packages that failed to install and lib-bkp contains aborted packages (during updates?) 
    # * archives and executables out of .nuspkg files which are ZIP archives with NuGet package information - this is similar to what [Package Reducer](https://chocolatey.org/docs/features-package-reducer) does
    # * \Users\username\AppData\Local\Temp\chocolatey is where new package files are downloaded to during pre-installation (if you haven't changed your cacheLocation in chocolatey.config)
    # * license.txt and verification.txt files are included when packages include binaries, you can read them on the package web page, programname.license.txt files are license files for Chocolatey default tools
    # * NuGet cach is where NuGet stores cached .nupkg files
    #######################################################################################################################
    -->
  • tools\Choco-Cleaner.xml - Shortcut.lnk
  • tools\ChocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $packageName      = 'choco-cleaner'
    $toolsDir         = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
    $script           = 'choco-cleaner.ps1'
    $xml              = 'choco-cleaner.xml'
    $shortcutName     = 'Choco Cleaner.lnk'
    $altshortcutName  = 'Chocolatey Cleaner.lnk'
    $GotTask          = (&schtasks /query /tn choco-cleaner) 2> $null
    
    Function Update-Config{
    [xml]$UpdatedConfig = Get-Content "$env:ChocolateyInstall\bin\$xml"
    
    $DeleteNuGetCache = $UpdatedConfig.Settings.Preferences.DeleteNuGetCache
    if ($DeleteNuGetCache -eq $null)
       {
        Write-Host Adding DeleteNuGetCache support to $xml. -foreground magenta
    	$NewStuff=$UpdatedConfig.CreateNode("element", "DeleteNuGetCache", $null)
        $NewStuff.InnerText=("true") 
    	$UpdatedConfig.Settings.Preferences.AppendChild($NewStuff) | out-null
    	$UpdatedFile = "True"
       }
       
    if ($UpdatedFile -eq "True")
       {   
        $UpdatedConfig.Save("$env:ChocolateyInstall\bin\$xml")
    	Write-Host "Updated $xml" -foreground magenta
       }
    }
    
    Move-Item "$toolsDir\$script" $env:ChocolateyInstall\bin -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    
    if ($GotTask -ne $null){
       Write-Host
       Write-Host Existing choco-cleaner scheduled task found: -foreground magenta 
       SchTasks /query /tn "choco-cleaner"
       Write-Host Keeping existing scheduled task and upgrading script files. -foreground magenta
       }
    
    if (Test-Path $env:ChocolateyInstall\bin\$xml){
          Write-Host "Existing $xml file found, your preferences have been saved." -foreground magenta
    	  Update-Config
          Remove-Item $toolsDir\$xml -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
        } else {
    	  Move-Item "$toolsDir\$xml" $env:ChocolateyInstall\bin -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
          $WhoAmI=whoami
          $Acl = Get-Acl "$env:ChocolateyInstall\bin\$xml"
          $Ar = New-Object  system.security.accesscontrol.filesystemaccessrule($WhoAmI,"FullControl","Allow")
          $Acl.SetAccessRule($Ar)
          Set-Acl "$env:ChocolateyInstall\bin\$xml" $Acl	  
    	}
    	
    If (Test-Path "$env:ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Chocolatey"){
          Install-ChocolateyShortcut -shortcutFilePath "$env:ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Chocolatey\$shortcutName" -targetPath "$env:SystemRoot\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" -Arguments "-NoProfile -InputFormat None -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command $env:ChocolateyInstall\bin\$script" -WorkingDirectory $env:ChocolateyInstall\bin\ -RunAsAdmin
        } else {
          Install-ChocolateyShortcut -shortcutFilePath "$env:ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\$altshortcutName" -targetPath "$env:SystemRoot\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" -Arguments "-NoProfile -InputFormat None -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command $env:ChocolateyInstall\bin\$script" -WorkingDirectory $env:ChocolateyInstall\bin\ -RunAsAdmin
    	}	
    if ($GotTask -ne $null){ exit }
    SchTasks /Create /SC WEEKLY /D SUN /RU SYSTEM /RL HIGHEST /TN "choco-cleaner" /TR "cmd /c powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command %ChocolateyInstall%\bin\choco-cleaner.ps1" /ST 23:00 /F
    SchTasks /query /tn "choco-cleaner"
    Write-Host "Now configured to run choco-cleaner at 11:00 PM every SUNDAY." -foreground green
    Write-Host "TO MANUALLY RUN CHOCO-CLEANER:" -foreground magenta
    Write-Host "COMMAND PROMPT: $env:ChocolateyInstall\lib\choco-cleaner\tools\choco-cleaner-manual.bat" -foreground magenta
    Write-Host "POWERSHELL: $env:ChocolateyInstall\bin\choco-cleaner.ps1" -foreground magenta
    Write-Host "WINDOWS START MENU: click the Chocolatey Cleaner icon. If you have choco-shortcuts-winconfig installed you'll find Choco Cleaner with the rest of the Chocolatey shortcuts." -foreground magenta
    
    
    
  • tools\ChocolateyUninstall.ps1 Show
    $packageName      = 'choco-cleaner'
    $script           = 'choco-cleaner.ps1'
    $xml              = 'choco-cleaner.xml'
    $shortcutName     = 'Choco Cleaner.lnk'
    $altshortcutName  = 'Chocolatey Cleaner.lnk'
    
    SchTasks /Delete /TN “choco-cleaner” /F
    
    Remove-Item "$env:ChocolateyInstall\bin\$script" -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Remove-Item "$env:ChocolateyInstall\bin\$xml" -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Remove-Item "$env:ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\$altshortcutName" -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    Remove-Item "$env:ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Chocolatey\$shortcutName" -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

Virus Scan Results

In cases where actual malware is found, the packages are subject to removal. Software sometimes has false positives. Moderators do not necessarily validate the safety of the underlying software, only that a package retrieves software from the official distribution point and/or validate embedded software against official distribution point (where distribution rights allow redistribution).

Chocolatey Pro provides runtime protection from possible malware.

Dependencies

This package has no dependencies.

Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • bcurran3

Copyright

Copyleft Bill Curran

Tags

Release Notes

INSTRUCTIONS:

To manually run Choco-Cleaner:

  • Command Prompt: \ProgramData\chocolatey\lib\choco-cleaner\tools\Choco-Cleaner-manual.bat
  • PowerShell: \ProgramData\chocolatey\bin\Choco-Cleaner.ps1
  • Windows Start Menu: click the icon. If you have choco-shortcuts-winconfig installed you'll find it with the rest of the Chocolatey Shortcuts.

If you have a previous release of Choco-Cleaner installed, upgrading to a new version will NOT modify your current scheduled task or preferences.

11:00 PM was chosen as not to conflict with default installs of choco-upgrade-all-at, choco-persistent-packages, and choco-optimize-at.

Organizations with software license compliance auditing should probably NOT delete the license and verification files for legal protection. The supplied configuration file defaults to false for these types of files. As ferventcoder/Rob has said many times, corporations are not advised to use the community repository and should be using Chocolatey for Business with their own internalized local packages.

CHANGELOG:

  • 0.0.5.1 - made PowerShell Core compatible
  • 0.0.5 - added deletion of cacheLocation if defined in chocolatey.config, cosmetic changes, removed 7Zip dependency and now using the version of 7Zip packaged with Chocolatey.
  • 0.0.4 - added deletion of Nuget Cache folder files
  • 0.0.3.1 - fixed typo causing nupkg files to NOT be optimized - thanks E.R.!
  • 0.0.3 - Rewritten version of 0.0.1 with XML configuration file and ferventcoder/Rob's approved default settings. Minor improvements.
  • 0.0.2 - Unreleased version with two scripts with different default settings; "Bill's way" and "Rob's way" and a package parameter to choose which one to use/install. Shelved.
  • 0.0.1 - Initial release. Did not pass Chocolatey moderation due to mandated changes of default parameters. Only "secretly" available.

ROADMAP:

  • Clean up C:\ProgramData\chocolatey.chocolatey
  • Clean up C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\lib-synced (licensed versions)

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
(unofficial) Choco Cleaner (Script + Task) 0.0.5 318 Friday, August 24, 2018 approved
(unofficial) Choco Cleaner (Script + Task) 0.0.4 409 Sunday, June 10, 2018 approved
(unofficial) Choco Cleaner (Script + Task) 0.0.3.1 45 Thursday, June 7, 2018 approved
(unofficial) Choco Cleaner (Script + Task) 0.0.3 162 Wednesday, May 16, 2018 approved

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