Strange files in top-level folder

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mfacey, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. mfacey macrumors 65816

    mfacey

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    For some time I've had 4 files in my top-level folder in Finder. I'm talking about that folder that contains the Library, Users, System and Applications folders.
    The files that are unknown to me are called ~AUT0002, ~AUT00020, ~AUT0068 and ~AUT00680. They don't have extensions either. Anybody know what they do and if they can safely be removed?
     

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  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    Never seen em.. what is in them? How big are they?
     
  3. mfacey thread starter macrumors 65816

    mfacey

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    When I open them in Textedit its nothing but a big long document of funky characters. The sizes range from 140KB to 570KB.

    What I think I'll do is hide them on my external drive for now and see what happens when I run for a while without them there. I'm guessing they must be something like temporary installer files or something like that.
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    Well, it's NOT "normal", that's for sure.

    IMO, just move them to another folder and see if they are re-created.
     
  5. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Hmm I got a weird file in my top-level folder too... called gmon.out. Coincidentally (or not?) I can't access my iDisk anymore, says "the volume for iDisk cannot be found".
     
  6. chaos86 macrumors 65816

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    yeah lots of badly written (often ported) apps do this. quake 3 for osx/ppc g4 does this too.usually just a log and you can delete it and it will reappear when you launch that app again.
     

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