iTunes is creating thousands of Temp files, why?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rochford, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. rochford macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Hi all, I'm hoping someone can help find out why this is happenning - I just found that since February 5 my iTunes folder has been filling with large Temp Files, nearly 2000 of them and all are ~104MB.

    Finder says the Kind is Document and if opened with TextEdit the files are just machine language.
    Their combined size is 202.35 GB. It has been making the files everyday, including Weekends when the computer is left on but not used.

    This question may have been answered before, but I couldn't find it. I think I can probably delete the files without danger, but preferably I would like to have them stop. It probably explains a lot of spinning wheels lately.
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    You can just delete them. But it likely happens due to a problem with permissions, as far as I can see from some Google-fu. Try running a disk repair with Disk Utility.
  3. rochford thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2009
  4. rochford thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2009
    For anyone who tracks this forum down because of a similar problem I ended up tracking it down to the iTunes Library.itl file, which was in some kind of lock state. I found a number (16) of earlier versions in the Previous iTunes Libraries folder, which were all the same size, Creation Date and Date modified, but different Date Added. I replaced the file in the iTunes folder with the most recent of these and iTunes is now behaving properly.

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