OS X "Other" Storage painfully bloated (El Cap)

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  1. ndstrenge macrumors regular

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    I've already gone through Apple's support. They had me reinstall the OS. I'm 90% certain this 129GB of Other Storage is somehow tied to my ScreenFlow app.

    Anyone have a fix?
     
  2. ndstrenge thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you, but the files don't show up in Omni Disk Sweeper.

    Before El Cap, I used to Repair Disk & Permissions and that usually worked. It was a band-aid fix, but it worked. Now with El cap, that ability has been lost.
     
  3. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

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    Repair permissions via command line:

    To verify
    Code:
    sudo /usr/libexec/repair_packages --verify --standard-pkgs 
    To Repair:
    Code:
    sudo /usr/libexec/repair_packages --repair --standard-pkgs 
     
  4. KALLT macrumors 601

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    What exactly is the problem? Is space missing or are you just wary of the “Other” label? This topic has come up quite a lot recently and the sad answer is that this is a bug in the system. OS X does not report space usage accurately.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    OP wrote:
    "I'm 90% certain this 129GB of Other Storage is somehow tied to my ScreenFlow app."

    Turn off the ScreenFlow app.
    Run that way for a while.
    What happens?
     
  6. Alrescha, Jan 14, 2016
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    Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    This. I have 2.4 TB in "Other". Everything is as it should be. OS X can't categorize everything. As an example, Steam downloads can be quite large and they end up in "Other".

    A.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Like KALLT mentioned, that storage readout is completely screwed up. If you ignore the categories, does the total space used sound about right?

    You can reindex Spotlight by running the command below in Terminal (give it 30 minutes or so to complete) and that will often help with the storage readout, but you can expect it to drift off again.

    Code:
    sudo mdutil -E /
     
  8. ndstrenge thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you. Didn't work.

    The problem (now at 200GB) is that my startup disk gets full and it shuts down my apps mid-work. It's infuriating.

    It's not running in the background. I only use it a few times a week, but my weeks alternate. It's not steady. But the bloat is always in rhythm with my ScreenFlow use.

    I don't download anything. Ever. There is no reason for it to be going up everyday like this.

    Thank you. Didn't work.

    I'm still lost. About to do another reinstall of OS X... again. WTF?
     
  9. KALLT macrumors 601

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    @ndstrenge: Have you tried to locate the space? Check the size of each of the directories on your Macintosh HD. Maybe we can narrow down the problem.
     
  10. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Try running the command below in Terminal then post up the output. It takes a minute to complete, so wait it out. This will show us each of the base folders and size in GB, including system and hidden folders.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /
     
  11. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    Sorry, my comment was only to reinforce the previous comment that having stuff in 'other' (as described in your post title) is not in and of itself a bad thing. Your subsequent posts indicate that you likely have a problem with ScreenFlow, and I think Weaselboy's suggestion will help you track it down.

    A.
     
  12. ndstrenge thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you. Here's what I came up with. I have no idea what it means. Air Terminal.jpg
     
  13. zaxxon72 macrumors member

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    This tells you that 79gigs are used under the Users directory, so most likely one of your users hogging the space. You could now drill down with the same command down that path.

    What I do in such a situation is use Daisy Disk. It's on the app store (well worth the money IMHO), but they also have a free trial. Graphically drilling down to your space hogs is very friendly.

    https://daisydiskapp.com
     
  14. saudor macrumors 6502

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    Try using broom from the Mac App Store to see the usages of folders (It used to be free not sure about now though )
     
  15. KALLT macrumors 601

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    What zaxxon72 said. Now change the command into the following, so you can see where the space ends up in your users directory.
    Code:
    sudo du -d 2 -c -g /Users
     
  16. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You mentioned earlier you are showing 129GB in Other. This command shows the entire disk only contains 108GB total.

    So assuming 79GB sounds about right for your personal users account(s), the issue here is just that Other is showing a wrong amount. Try running the command below in Terminal to reindex Spotlight and that should correct the incorrect Other readout. It can take half an hour or so to complete, so wait it out.

    Code:
    sudo mdutil -E /
    If 79GB sounds high for users, run the command below to show which user folders are using up all the space. I am assuming here yours is the only user account.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g ~/
     
  17. ndstrenge thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all the advice. I'll leave it here until next time. I just reinstalled OS X as I have work to do.
     
  18. quif, Sep 6, 2016
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    I’ve observed something similar to ndstrenge’s issue on my machine in recent months. I’ve been casting about for insight from time to time via Google. I feel fortunate to have found this thread; there’s more here to work with than the usual ‘Other Storage bloat’ advice I’ve come across to present. I’m going to try zaxxon72’s Daisy Disk recommendation.

    When I did this —
    — I got the following:
    Code:
    1     /.DocumentRevisions-V100
    1     /.fseventsd
    1     /.Spotlight-V100
    0     /.Trashes
    0     /.vol
    1     /afs
    16    /Applications
    1     /bin
    0     /cores
    1     /dev
    1     /home
    10    /Library
    1     /net
    0     /Network
    1     /opt
    7     /private
    1     /sbin
    440   /System
    144   /Users
    1     /usr
    1     /Volumes
    617   /
    617   total
    Any suggestions as to what to make of that enormous /System number?

    Thanks for any thoughts.

    **UPDATE**
    Now have Daisy Disk and have had it do an initial scan. It shows a very different figure for /System, interestingly.
     

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  19. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yeah... you for sure have something odd going on there in that /System folder. The Terminal command is correct and the Daisy Disk amount is wrong. The problem is those apps cannot read certain system files, so they are not accurate. The "sudo" command in that Terminal string allows root access so it shows everything and is correct.

    Try this to drill down a little in /System to see what is going on. Be careful about deleting anything in there as it can bork your system. Make sure you have a good backup first.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /System
     
  20. quif macrumors newbie

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    Many thanks for the reply! That 440GB has jumped up by 8GB today. Anyway, I should have thought to drill down as you recommend. Here’s where we end up:

    Code:
    $ sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /System/Library/Caches
    441  /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.coresymbolicationd
    1    /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.CVMS
    1    /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches
    441  /System/Library/Caches
    441 total
    
    So what is com.apple.coresymbolicationd?
     
  21. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Do you happen to use XCode? I know it caches crash logs there.

    You can just delete that entire cache folder and start over. Reboot to single user mode by holding command-s at start.

    Then enter this command to delete the caches.

    Code:
    sudo rm -rf /System/Library/Caches/
    Then this to rebuild.

    Code:
    sudo /usr/libexec/xpchelper --rebuild-cache
    Then restart. That first boot may be bit slow as cache files are rebuilt.
     
  22. TheChemist macrumors regular

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    I am so grateful I found this thread. Managed to get 100 Gb back of 300 Gb in the matter of a few minutes!
     

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