Code Clean-Up Day

There are so many projects that I start working throughout the year. Some are to show some functionality, a talk, or a demo. Today I was archiving them and cleaning up.

I don't want to lose the code when cleaning up, but I also don't want to zip them. I need to have my projects in a place without using much space. I move them to an Archive folder and delete vendor and node_modules folders.

These are the steps of what I do.

1. Create an Archive folder:

mkdir Archive
mv my-old-project/ Archive/

2. Find out how much space each node_module or vendor folder is using.

The Commands find and du are your friends. Use man find to find out how to use it and available parameters.

find . -name "node_modules" -type d -prune | xargs du -chs

You will get a result similar to the following:

 35M	./Archive/platzifood/node_modules
201M	./Archive/superapp/node_modules
202M	./Archive/rapiddev-meetup/node_modules

3. Deleting, removing these folder is as easy as executing the following:

find . -name "node_modules" -type d -prune -exec rm -rf '{}' +

As you can see, it is the same command adding the -exec rm -rf '{}' + for removing every result.


This way, I save tons of space, and in case I want to go back and rerun them, I execute a simple npm install or composer install, and I have them back.

Victor Yoalli

This is me.