com.apple.bird eating up my disc space

orschinger

macrumors member
Original poster
Dec 14, 2006
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Hey everybody,

my system is telling me, that I'm running low on free disc space. why is it, that some 177GB (!) are being clogged up by library/cache/com.apple.bird (see screenshot)

can I just delete the entire folder?

any help is appreciated!

alex
 

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keysofanxiety

macrumors G3
Nov 23, 2011
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It's iCloud, but still saves a lot of stuff locally. I imagine you're on Sierra? It backs up the Documents & Desktop to iCloud by default.

You can have a look in your iCloud settings in System Preferences and disable the documents backup to see if that makes a positive difference. Even if you don't have that option enabled, it's definitely something iCloud related, so there may be a sync error or some weird duplicating bug.

Others have said that disabling WhatsApp backing up to iCloud (if you have WhatsApp installed) fixes this problem.
 

orschinger

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Original poster
Dec 14, 2006
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Thanks for the quick reply! Yeah, my iCloud is configured to back up Documents & Data, I actually like it that way. I've had the "bird" problem before and turning on/off iCloud document backup completely messed up my data, so in the end I had to restore an old backup from my Time Machine last time around :-/

Hm, WhatsApp? I actually do back it up to iCloud. Do you know, where I can find some more information? Thanks again!
 

keysofanxiety

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Melia1661

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Apr 24, 2018
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I accidentally quitted bird in activity monitor, and now I have less space than ever! PLEASE HELP SOON!