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Compost, the automatic trash management software for Mac OS X. Compost solves your Trash problems by letting you set a time limit on your trash, cap its size, and maintain a minimum amount of space. Whether you're an individual Mac user, or a network administrator looking to help your users better manage their free space, Compost can help you.

Main features:

  • Set time limits for deletion
  • Maintain your free disk space
  • Limit your trash size
  • Empty trash on specific volumes
  • Easy access from contextual menu
  • Set file deletion rules

What's New

Version 1.9.5:
  • Made DeskTrash interception of Cmd-Delete optional.
  • Changed some labels to "Show Compost Heap" (in some localizations).
  • Auto-select home volume when loading volume menu in volume overrides tab.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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Algos Member IconComment+79
Algos
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The automatic trash purging still seems to work perfectly in Mavericks.

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Version 1.9.5
Stephen Cooper Member IconReview+0
Stephen Cooper
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I've loved this program - why has it been discontinued? :(

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Version 1.9.5
GeoProf
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It was probably discontinued because the dev was charging an utterly ridiculous price for it, so no one bought it.

Stephen Cooper
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I bought it back when it was $5 (I think). Good price for it then.
I can say that aside from the context menu (which I never used anyway) and having to re-launch preferences in 32-bit mode, it still works in Mountain Lion. So I'm happy.

alas! Member IconComment+571
alas!
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Compost's Download Now and Developer's Website links are broken.

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Version 1.9.5
Gryphonent Member IconReview+444
Gryphonent
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Another ten months and waiting…:(

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Version 1.9.5
Mikec64 Member IconComment+3
Mikec64
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I've been using Compost for years and it's a must-have as far as I'm concerned. I'm glad to see you're still maintaining it.

I have Compost v1.9.5 and I'm using OS X 10.6 and noticed that it's ignoring my "Files" settings. I have it configured to automatically and instantly delete files that end in ".mov" or ".mpg". I'm using File Vault, if that factors into it.

This isn't a must-have feature, but it shouldn't let me configure it if it isn't doing it.

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Version 1.9.5
Theonetruerobb
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Anxiously awaiting Compost 2.0....

Gryphonent Member IconComment+444
Gryphonent
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Thanks for the info. Good to know that the app remains in active development. I was concerned when I saw that the developer website is down… you might want to look into that.

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Version 1.9.5
Greg Weston (Developer) Member IconDev+11
Greg Weston (Developer)
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Compost on Snow Leopard works fine with 2 exceptions. The preference pane, like almost every preference pane that exists today, requires System Preferences to relaunch itself in 32-bit mode. I'm working on a new build that will eliminate that.

The other, more serious problem, is with the context menu plugin. Mac OS X 10.6 does not load traditional context menu plugins into 64-bit apps (such as Finder, for example). The recommended fix is to recreate the plugin's functionality as entries in the Services menu, which as conversions go is not small. I am working on it, but it'll be a few days.

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Version 1.9.5
Gryphonent
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Eight months down the line… still waiting for 64 bit compatibility.

Greg Weston (Developer)
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Still hammering out solutions with my beta testers for the issues that 10.6 raised for Compost's context menu plugin. As before, the main automated trash purging continues to work fine, as does the pref pane with the exception of causing System Preferences to relaunch itself.

Kiwi Graham
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I'll just chime in and say that I'm really missing those contextual menu items. I'm still pleased with the current version in that it is still doing its primary job in the background.

Greg Weston (Developer)
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This is going to sound really stupid, I know, but at this point the biggest stumbling block I'm having is getting the new installation package maker to do what I need it to do. It was overhauled a lot in 10.6 in the name of security - and that's perfectly understandable - but installers exist explicitly because some software has complex installation requirements and getting it to do Compost correctly and consistently has been a challenge.

memphisbird Member IconComment+62
memphisbird
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There most definitely is an uninstall feature in version 1.8.8, and it's still in there in 1.8.9. When you open the .dmg to install, there is also an option for uninstall. I find that is where most applications have the uninstall option.

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Version 1.8.9
theoldflyfisher Member IconComment+0
theoldflyfisher
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I bought your version of compost on the 10/2/07. at 8:24:57

order no. was #ST71001243 I payed aud. 14.97

idris welch
Scotties Custom Flies
3 Balaton St
Riverhills
Brisbane QLD Australia I haven't intentionally included my phone number in this email as it may not be secure.

it was payed to "ES ACUTUS TRADING"
I can't get it to change it keeps telling me to update. Can you please do something about this,, the last time it did it, I lost evertthing that was on my desk top, however although it took me 1/2 and hour to fix it, I wish that you could work this out for me

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Version 1.8.8
jass Member IconReview+0
jass
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Installs easily. Good informative installation menu and good informative preferences menues. Ran it for 30 minutes, but really disliked it and thus wanted to uninstall it again. Guess what: there's no uninstaller! You manually have to remove it in /Applications/, remove the prefs.list for every single user, and clean up your System Preferences. A program without a clean uninstaller! No thanks. I'd rather just delete directly from ~/.Trash using a script.

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Version 1.8.8
Greg Weston (Developer)
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Guess what: Every version of Compost that was distributed as an installer package (as opposed to a self-installing double-clickable preference pane) was packaged with an uninstaller.

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Version 1.9.5
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Details

Downloads 16,365
Version Downloads 2,910
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 29 Dec 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $19.95