Folder with large size, nothing in it

davidwes

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I have a folder that has nothing in it. The computer says though that the folder is 2Gb of data. I transfered the folder to my external harddrive and it did the whole transfer bar going up to 2gb and it took awhile, yet still I see nothing in the folder.

What is going on?
 

davidwes

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Okay. I put the folder on my desktop because I could figure out how to get there in terminal. it still says 2 gb.

In the terminal I have it ~/Desktop/name of folder

I enter ls and press enter and nothing shows up

I tried ls on just the desktop and it showed all the files on my desktop
 

louiek

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You might have deleted a file but it's still being used by an application you haven't closed. The space won't free up till you close the app. Open terminal and type:

lsof | grep your_folder_name

that will tell you what files you have open in that folder. A restart would clear it too, assuming this is the case.
 

Nermal

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Dec 7, 2002
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Open Terminal and type these:

cd ~/Desktop/folder name
ls -la (lowercase LS -LA)

Then copy the result and paste back here.