Are You a Polyglot?

For those that don't know the meaning of that term (I had to look it up myself), it means a person that can speak, write, and understand a number of different languages.

In my last post I talked about how to trim your hard drive down by going after some of the big files... Well it turns out that there's another way to free up a ton of space but this is done by going after a bunch of small files - that in the end add up to a lot of space.

You see, the Mac comes with a mechanism meant to support a butt load of languages. While none of these files are all that big in size (usually 8 - 64KB), there are an unbelievable number of them on your machine. Each application has these as well as all your system files.

To give you some idea of how much these add up to, I did a purge yesterday and from my system files, I recovered 380.2 MB of space. From the Application files, I recovered 361.5 MB - a grand total of 741.7MB of space. This is unreal. And the application I used to strip this stuff out doesn't touch any of the Adobe or Microsoft products. I can only image how much I would have saved if these would have been included as well.

What did I use? A great donation-ware product called iCleanLanguage. You can download it from Versiontracker and I suggest you give it a try. What I really like about this product over all other language purging products is that there is a 'Dry Run' mode. You can let it run in this mode and it will report what it finds but does not delete anything. This gives you a good idea of how much space you can reclaim without doing any harm. If you want to preserve some languages in any or all sources, you can specify this in an EXCLUDE dialog box. Then when you run this again in a 'Live' mode, it will delete all the files it finds Except for those you specify.

If you use this program, please be sure to send the developer a donation.

One again though, I want to EMPHASIZE the need to have a backup in place before you delete anything. Never, Ever delete a file without having a backup just in case you might need to restore it.