Huge invisible folder

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  1. Jake73 macrumors newbie

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    Hi!

    I’ve got a problem with my ancient PowerBook G4 (12” 1GHz PowerPC). I’ve got this huge thing sitting in my Home Folder’s Library folder (I’m pasting from Terminal):

    5.3M /Library/Tor/var/lib
    18G /Library/Tor/var/log
    18G /Library/Tor/var

    It doesn’t show up in WhatSize, OmniDiskSweeper, Disk Inventory X, or when I make invisible files visible. It appears to be related to using aMule. I’ve also noticed in the Activity Monitor that a Process called “tor” is using 90+ % of my CPU even when aMule is not launched. What’s all this about? Can I get rid of this thing (the one in the Library folder) and how do I go about doing that? Please bear in mind that I’m pretty clueless about “behind-the-scenes” sort of stuff such as using the Terminal.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Are you using The Onion Router (TOR)?

    If so, here are removal instructions from their web site.

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    Then to delete the left over files, click your desktop to bring focus to Finder. Now hit command-shift-g (all three keys at once) and paste the text below into the popup then hit enter. That will open a Finder window in the ~/Library/Tor/ folder. now command-a to select all and then command-delete to trash everything in that folder.

    Code:
    ~/Library/Tor/
     
  3. Jake73, May 2, 2013
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    Jake73 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, Waselboy!

    I'm using TOR if it somehow comes included with aMule - that is to say, I myself never installed it. I'd like to continue using aMule - would removing TOR (assuming I've got it installed) affect that? What happens if I just trash what's in the Tor folder?

    Hm, I'm getting "The folder cannot be found" message in Go to Folder. And I've checked - I haven't got TorBrowser in Applications.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I really don't know if aMule uses TOR.

    Try the same without the ~ at the beginning. That is your main Library folder and not in Users.
     
  5. Jake73 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I got in now. It's weird though - when I try opening var/log/tor, it says I don't have sufficient access privileges. What do I do now? Do I just trash it?
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Okay... open Terminal and paste this in. It will ask for your password. That will delete the entire Tor folder contents.

    Code:
    sudo rm -rf /Library/Tor/
     
  7. Jake73 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. Doing it won't have some terrible unforseen consequences?
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    It will just delete those files in the TOR folder. I suspect this command also caused premature grey hair in my case... but you should be good. :D
     
  9. Jake73 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yep, that did the trick, and I'm typing this, so aside from a few more gray hairs, no other damage. Thanks a lot!
     
  10. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Glad it worked out! :)
     

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