Automatically clean up the Downloads folder

The Downloads folder on my laptop is a gathering of files. It’s the standard folder where your webbrowser saves the files you download from the web. Most of these files are only needed for a short period. The files you want te keep don’t belong in this folder. They need to be moved elsewhere, right?

Conclusion: The Downloads folder should be empty.

I made a small script which is run everytime I boot my laptop. It just removes every file or folder inside the Downloads folder. It’s one of the tweaks I love the most in my laptop.

in /etc/rc.local:

#!/bin/sh -e
#
# rc.local
#
# This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel.
# Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other
# value on error.
#
# In order to enable or disable this script just change the execution
# bits.
#
# By default this script does nothing.
rm -rf /home/user/Downloads/*
exit 0

And make it executable with:

chmod +x /etc/rc.local

Now, every time you boot your computer the specified directory will be emptied.
Everytime I download a file which I would like to keep. I’m forced to move it right away to another folder. I can use the Downloads folder to temporarily unzip archives or build applications.

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