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Pruning the Ubuntu MRU

Imagine a situation, e.g. a kitchen review, where you don’t want your customer or colleague to see a list of you recently opened files, especially those files you opened for recreational purposes. In Ubuntu, this list is a XML file recently-used.xbel, located in the user directory under ~/.local/share.

This file consists of bookmarks:

  <bookmark href="file:///home/ron/Downloads/liferay-portal-6.1.1-ce-ga2/readme.html" added="2013-02-23T19:04:53Z" modified="2013-02-23T19:04:53Z" visited="2013-02-23T19:04:53Z">
      <metadata owner="http://freedesktop.org">
        <mime:mime-type type="text/html"/>
          <bookmark:application name="nautilus" exec="'epiphany-browser %U'" modified="2013-02-23T19:04:53Z" count="1"/>

Pruning here is done by analyzing the file extension of the href attribute, let’s get rid of .flv and .mp4 entries:

 * Prunes the Ubuntu MRU file.
class MRUPruner

     * Dom object
     * @var DOMobject
    private $DOM;

     * XML file name
     * @var String
    private $XML;

     * Loads XML into the DOM
     * @param string $XML   XML File Name
    function __construct($XML) {
        $this->XML = $XML;
        $this->DOM = new DOMDocument();
    } // __construct()

     * Prunes MRU by applying filters
     * @uses DOM
    public function prune() {

        $elements = $this->DOM->getElementsByTagName('bookmark');
        $pruned = false;

        do {
            $pruned = true;
            foreach($elements as $element) {

                $tempDocument = new DOMDocument();
                $clonedElement = $element->cloneNode(true);
                $tempDocument->appendChild($tempDocument->importNode($clonedElement, true));

                $_href = $element->getAttribute('href');
                print $_href . PHP_EOL;

                // Delete:
                $pattern = '~.*\.(flv|mp4)$~i';
                if(preg_match($pattern, $_href) == 1) {
                    print '-->delete' . PHP_EOL;
                    $pruned = false;
                } // endif

                // another pattern block here...

            } // nexteach
        } while(!$pruned);

    } // prune()

} // class

$pruner = new MRUPruner('recently-used.xbel');

All nodes with these file extensions in the href attribute are removed from the document, the document is written back to the MRU file. The pattern block can be replaced or enhanced by another. This code does not handle the blank lines coming from deleting elements.

Remember: Use this at your own risk; Backup your data before you manipulate it.

P.S.: Being a dyed-in-the-wool data collector, I do not simply delete entries, but save them in a database for further analysis…