Speeding Chrome / Chromium start up on Linux

If you have been using Chromium like me, you know it can get pretty slow on the first start up after a couple of months of usage.
It's mainly because of all the SQLite 3.x databases it uses for history and other settings.
So here's a simple script to defrag and reindex all the databases chromium uses.

1. Install SQLite3 :

2. Close Chromium.

3. Execute this in bash :

VACUUM : The VACUUM command rebuilds the entire database.
REINDEX : The REINDEX command is used to delete and recreate indices from scratch.

4. Results (I ran this a couple of weeks ago so the result isn't as good as it would be the first time. :


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