What's this "private" file?

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  1. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

    AlBDamned

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    Does anyone know what this "private" file is that's being shown up by Whatsize?

    I'm tidying up my HDD as I'm running out of space and this is nearly five gigs. :confused:
     

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  2. someguy macrumors 68020

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  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, /private/var is a place where the system stores temp files and things like that, basically... including the swap file.
     
  4. AlBDamned thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Cheers guys. Is there anything in there I can delete?!
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Don't do it by hand... but you can try Onyx or the like to try and clean in there....
     
  6. Sayer macrumors 6502a

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    Or just restart your computer. That will get rid of any lingering temp files that don't need to be in there anymore.

    Otherwise, STAY OUT OF THERE.
     
  7. AlBDamned thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Ok advice heeded on that front. When I found it, I actually had visions of some joker telling me to delete the whole file and laughing across cyberspace.

    Using Onyx and trashing a few other apps that I don't need anymore, I've recovered about four gigs, but it's definitely time for a new hard drive methinks.
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    You know you want to! :D Do it! Do it!
     
  9. someguy macrumors 68020

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    I'm confused. Are you the devil or the angel on AlBDamned's shoulder? :p
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Much like Hilary Duff, I'm an Angel, I'm a Devil, I'm sometimes in-between, my friend. :D
     
  11. KD7IWP macrumors 6502a

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    Have you run delocalizer or some program of the sort? I saved over a gig on my MBP by removing foreign languages that I simply don't speak :)
     

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