Folder with large size, nothing in it

Discussion in 'macOS' started by davidwes, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. davidwes macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2004
    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?
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Did you use Terminal to see what was in it? Where was the folder located?
  3. davidwes thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2004
    How do you do that?
  4. davidwes thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2004
    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
  5. louiek macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2006
    Knutters Knoll, Melbourne
    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.
  6. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Open Terminal and type these:

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

    Then copy the result and paste back here.

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