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"Running out of space" notification almost unusable

asked 2015-09-29 13:31:38 +0200

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I got the "Running out of space, check your device settings" notification today. Firstly, the notification text doesn't fit the area assigned in the events view, so I couldn't see the complete text. Secondly, when I tapped it it disappeared but nothing happened. I expected to be taken to an app or guide where I could clear some temporary files. Now the notification is gone, but I suspect that I still have an issue with remaining space, which is not good.

Besides leaving the notification until the issue is taken care of there should be an app or guide to help the user to clear storage. Is it downloaded files, downloaded e-mail attachments, temporary browser data, spotify cache or some other app cache that takes the majority of my space? Personally I could go through the filesystem and delete certain safe caches but what would a "normal" user do?

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As jolla does not provide a default filebrowser there is nothing hooked to such msgs, and some msg just don't need to be attached to an app. Or do you want to have settings openend with every "system" msg? Android caches can be cleared app by app from Settings -> Apps in GUI, so no need to crawl your FS that deeply. Previous android users will know to do that I assume as no android device I know will last without doing it...

chemist ( 2015-09-29 13:51:08 +0200 )edit

I would have expected to be taken to settings page "About product" or similar for that message, but at least not have the notification removed before I have taken care of the issue.

In my case Android apps take <1GB, while other apps take 5,37GB, so I'm at a loss here, unless I crawl the FS.

Mohjive ( 2015-09-29 14:05:23 +0200 )edit

Agreed. the notification is a bit ambiguous in its intent, would be more user friendly to point the user in the right direction with regards to what actions to take, where to look .etc

r0kk3rz ( 2015-09-29 14:09:43 +0200 )edit

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answered 2017-02-22 11:30:08 +0200

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There are issues with the "running out of space" notification, see

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answered 2015-09-29 13:49:54 +0200

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To check your remaining space, go to Settings > System > About product. Then, to get details about the usage, click on the circle indicating the global disk usage.

So a normal user will go there, and then will connect his phone to his computer and move his photos/videos elsewhere. For now, there are no easy way to get details about which app (Android or not) takes the space.

To come back to your first issue, don't worry, according to the comments here, this notification is not about disk space (which you can verify in the Settings), but about RAM usage. If you have suggestions about it maybe you can go comment there?

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My guess is that it's about storage space, since I use 12,8/13,7 GB. I would expected to be taken here when I tap the notification.

Where does it say that that circle is active? Since I haven't had memory issues before I have ignored it and hence forgotten about it.

I have an entry, "App data files", that says 5,37 GB. What can I do about that, if I'm an advanced user? How do I find what apps have large caches?

Mohjive ( 2015-09-29 14:03:23 +0200 )edit

Check the following:

Pictures/Camera (is where your pictures are stored) personally I move content to my SD card Videos/Camera similar story Music(?) folder is similar, I store all songs in SD card. In those directories other applications, e.g. Whatsapp clients might store media stuff too. check as well applications such as Recordings/gPodder which store media files too. Backing up the phone uses lots of storage, I personally delete old backups on the phone, and keep the latest one. Check as well the Downloads directory.

pmelas ( 2015-09-29 14:54:02 +0200 )edit

@pmelas: I don't have an SD-card currently, I have one backup and media files takes less than 1GB. I have an idea on how to traverse the fs, but not many users do. Still, I appreciate the tips on where I can find storage "thieves".

Mohjive ( 2015-09-29 15:37:48 +0200 )edit

The detailed memory usage has been introduced in 1.1.6.

To find which applications have large caches, use these commands in the terminal:

cd .local/share
du -sh *

Then you can delete the files using the terminal or FileBrowser (you'll need to enable "Show hidden files" in the settings to see the .local directory).

Sthocs ( 2015-09-29 15:41:48 +0200 )edit
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