To clear the disk space on CentOS 6 or CentOS 7 servers, you can use single line command:


curl -Ls | sudo bash


In case if you are scared to run the individual commands, you can go through the steps mentioned below:

To begin, lets install yum-utils package:
yum -y install yum-utils


1. Trim log files

find /var -name "*.log" \( \( -size +50M -mtime +7 \) -o -mtime +30 \) -exec truncate {} --size 0 \;

Using above command, it will truncate any *.log files on the volume /var that are either older than 7 days and greater than 50M or older than 30 days.


2. Cleanup YUM cache

Run the following simple command to cleanup yum caches:
yum clean all


3. Remove orphan packages


Check existing orphan packages

package-cleanup --quiet --leaves


Confirm removing orphan packages

Upon receiving, the suggestions given by the previous command, run the following:

package-cleanup --quiet --leaves | xargs yum remove -y


4. Remove WP CLI cached WordPress downloads

Every time when you set up a new WordPress website, WP CLI saves WordPress archives. To remove those caches, run the following command:

rm -rf /root/.wp-cli/cache/*
rm -rf /home/*/.wp-cli/cache/*


5. Remove old kernels

Before removing old kernels, you might want to simply reboot first in order to boot up from the latest kernel.
That’s because you can’t remove an old kernel if you’re booted into it.


The following commands will keep just 2 latest kernels installed:

(( $(rpm -E %{rhel}) >= 8 )) && dnf remove $(dnf repoquery --installonly --latest-limit=-2 -q)
(( $(rpm -E %{rhel}) <= 7 )) && package-cleanup --oldkernels --count=2


Note that with some VPS providers (Linode for example), servers use provider’s built kernels by default and not the ones on the server itself. So it makes little sense to keep more than 1 old kernel on the system. So:

(( $(rpm -E %{rhel}) >= 8 )) && dnf remove $(dnf repoquery --installonly --latest-limit=-1 -q)
(( $(rpm -E %{rhel}) <= 7 )) && package-cleanup --oldkernels --count=1


6. Remove Composer cache

rm -rf /root/.composer/cache
rm -rf /home/*/.composer/cache


7. Remove core dumps


If you had some severe failures with PHP which caused it to segfault and had core dumps enabled, chances are – you have quite a few of those.

They are not needed after you done debugging the problem. So:

find -regex ".*/core\.[0-9]+$" -delete


8. Remove error_log files (cPanel)


If you use the disgusting cPanel, you surely got dozens of error_log files scattered across your web directories. A temporary solution is to remove all those files, we recommend you to install the Citrus Stack. :

find /home/*/public_html/ -name error_log -delete


9. Remove Node.js caches

rm -rf /root/.npm /home/*/.npm /root/.node-gyp /home/*/.node-gyp /tmp/npm-*


10. Remove Mock caches


Been building some RPM packages with mock? Those root caches can be quite large.

If you no longer intend to build RPM packages on a given machine:

rm -rf /var/cache/mock/* /var/lib/mock/*



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