Housekeeping (computing)

In computer programming, housekeeping can refer to either a standard entry or exit routine appended to a user-written block of code (such as a subroutine or function, sometimes known as a function prologue and epilogue) at its entry and exit or, alternatively, to any other automated or manual software process whereby a computer is cleaned up after usage (e.g. freeing resources such as virtual memory). This might include such activities as removing or archiving logs that the system has made as a result of the users activities, or deletion of temporary files which may otherwise simply take up space. Housekeeping can be described as a necessary chore, required to perform a particular computer's normal activity but not necessarily part of the algorithm.[1] For cleaning up computer disk storage, utility software usually exists for this purpose such as data compression software - to "shrink" files and release disk space and defragmentation programs - to improve disk performance.[2]


Housekeeping could include (but is not limited to) the following activities:

See also


  1. "Housekeeping", ComputerHope.Com. Accessed July 20, 2009
  2. "Basic Computer Housekeeping Tips". Accessed July 20, 2009

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