Compost
Compost 1.9.5
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Prefpane limits contents of trash.   Shareware ($19.95)
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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
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
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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Compost User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Algos commented on 10 Feb 2014
The automatic trash purging still seems to work perfectly in Mavericks.
[Version 1.9.5]


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Stephen Cooper reviewed on 11 Nov 2011
I've loved this program - why has it been discontinued? :(
[Version 1.9.5]

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GeoProf replied on 21 Aug 2012
It was probably discontinued because the dev was charging an utterly ridiculous price for it, so no one bought it.
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Stephen Cooper replied on 21 Aug 2012
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.
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Gryphonent reviewed on 04 Feb 2011
Another ten months and waiting…:(
[Version 1.9.5]


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Gryphonent commented on 11 Apr 2010
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.
[Version 1.9.5]


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Greg Weston (developer) commented on 30 Aug 2009
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.
[Version 1.9.5]

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Gryphonent replied on 10 Apr 2010
Eight months down the line… still waiting for 64 bit compatibility.
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Greg Weston (developer) replied on 11 Apr 2010
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.
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Kiwi Graham replied on 15 Dec 2010
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.
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Greg Weston (developer) replied on 16 Dec 2010
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.
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memphisbird commented on 03 Jan 2008
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.
[Version 1.8.9]


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jass reviewed on 21 Jul 2007
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.
[Version 1.8.8]

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Greg Weston (developer) replied on 04 Jan 2008
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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ProgramHappy commented on 27 May 2006
Developer immediately fixed the problem by uploading a new installer. Great product!
[Version 1.8.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 16 Apr 2005
This is a fantastic utility, and it receives great support from the developer.

I had a few issues with RAM and CPU usage with an earlier version. I sent email to the developer and received a reply within a few hours. Over the next few days, the developer sent several revisions that ultimately solved all the problems. I've only rarely received such quick and capable support from a develooer.

The new additions in this version are extremely useful. The ability to open the trash on any volume and selectively delete items via a contextual menu is great when you need to get rid of an item you've already trashed and later realize is taking up too much disk space.

The menubar item allows you to get a snapshot of the trash and free space on all your volumes. This allows you to easily zero in on where you might be able to free up disk space.

This utility basically allows you to ignore your Trash. By setting various parameters as to when trash gets emptied, you can simply let it manage the trash for you. And these parameters can differ on a volume by volume basis.

There are few utilities which offer the features of this one. It's a great value.
[Version 1.6]


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Anonymous reviewed on 15 Apr 2005
NOW, this is ONE very SPIFFY utility! It doest a lot more than even Windows Trash Management, which has been better than Apple for some time!
[Version 1.6]


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alas! had trouble on 21 Sep 2011
Compost's Download Now and Developer's Website links are broken.
[Version 1.9.5]


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Mikec64 had trouble on 27 May 2010
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.
[Version 1.9.5]

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Theonetruerobb replied on 01 Nov 2010
Anxiously awaiting Compost 2.0....
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theoldflyfisher had trouble on 06 Oct 2007
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
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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
[Version 1.8.8]


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ProgramHappy had trouble on 25 May 2006
I just bought Compost and registered it on my computer (Dual 2.3 GHz PowerPC G5 running 10.4.6). The functionality is fine. However, an incredibly intrusive, unmovable message (that steals desktop space) appears in the upper right-hand corner of my screen that reads, "A newer version of Compost is available." BUT GUESS WHAT? I have the latest version already! Auto-update and Greg Weston's Web site both state that I have the latest version. Someone better fix this, and FAST!
[Version 1.8.2]



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Kiwi Graham rated on 15 Dec 2010

[Version 1.9.5]


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


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