runaway file

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  1. jcwphoto macrumors newbie

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    I have a runaway file, it keeps filling up my harddrive. I found it with Disk Inventory X. The bad files are in a folder called private/var/tmp
    Inside the tmp folder are the bad files. the problem is I can't find any folder called private or any tmp folder with these files.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. jcwphoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    many times. I can tell it is this tmp folder because each time I run Disk inventory the file size changes and their a thousands of files
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Do you have any idea what process is creating the file(s) in that tmp directory?

    If you use the Go to Folder... (Shift + Cmd + G) command in Finder you can go to hidden folders within Finder. It even has tab completion.
     
  5. jcwphoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sorry I have no idea what is doing it and have no idea what tab completion means.
     
  6. jcwphoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did what you said and it says the folder cannot be found.
     
  7. cptpower macrumors regular

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    if you open terminal, and type:
    Code:
    lsof | grep -i <filename>
    Then you should get some output indicating what process is creating that particular file. Post that output on here and somebody should at least be able to indicate then what program is causing this issue for you.
     

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