Safari 4: Web page previews take 4.5Gb

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  1. Saladinos macrumors 68000

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    I was going about making some space on my MacBook's hard drive, when I noticed a massive folder full of images. The folder was 4.5Gb, and was under:

    /private/var/folders/36/36CUaKVfEna30987Ywkm6k+++TI/-Caches-/com.apple.Safari/Webpage Previews/

    As the folder name suggests, this is used for Safari's web preview feature introduced in the Safari 4 Beta. Inside are tens of thousands of images, in JPEG and PNG format (I don't know why both are included).

    I thought I'd let you all know how much space Safari 4 is eating. I've deleted the folder and am going back to Safari 3!
     
  2. Sorkvild macrumors 6502

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    Well, my <folders> folder is only 835 MBs so I will stick with Safari 4.
     
  3. clevin macrumors G3

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    system resource consumption seems never been a concern in any of apple's products, which I guess is fine if you have large HDD and enough memory, which most current macs do have, they are normally pre-installed with at least 2GB memory and 120Gb HDD.

    800MB, 4.5GB, is, IMHO, too much, maybe file a bug to apple. App should be collecting garbage when they are out of use.
     
  4. clevin macrumors G3

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    this is confirmed by many users, I suggest you all file bugs to apple or send feedback, it should be solved before final.

    Furthermore, most mac users don't know how to check the hidden files, this make them victim without even know it. Its not good.
     
  5. sammich macrumors 601

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    I'll pitch in here as well.

    3.87 gb. Reported to Apple. Chances are it was left off the cache cleaning list when they rushed 4b out the door, and it's going away when 10.5.7 comes out.
     
  6. clevin macrumors G3

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    hopefully, we will see when safari 4 got updated. You might want to leave it there and see if update will automatically fix it. Since thats the scenario most normal user will do.
     
  7. sammich macrumors 601

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    Heh, I don't want to delete it. It's a nice visual history (albeit useless without any searching ability) and the pics are almost good enough to read the text.
     
  8. Bonsai1214 macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, i found mine with daisy disk and was like wtf.. it was somewhere around 3.7gb
     
  9. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Hard drive space isn't a big issue with me.

    Now, if only they'd update Safari 4 and bring some logic to the Top Sites page!
     
  10. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    1.65 GB and 5,791 items.

    Agreed. An option to manually adjust the "Top Sites" would be nice too.
     
  11. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a

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    The file catalogs all of your history and a lot of the new features of Safari 4. I'm not too terribly surprised it's this big.

    Remember it's a Beta, not an official release. I bet you anything the official release will be much better.
     
  12. dantherevelator macrumors regular

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    Edit: The "Reset Safari" menu item has an option to clear these out. It works.



    I'm clocking in at 550mb and about 2.5k items. Not so bad, but since "Empty Cache" doesn't remove them, they'll only get bigger.
     

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  13. clevin macrumors G3

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    i doubt normal users would have no problem with a browser takes GB spaces, and secretly. Lets wait and see for the final version then.
     
  14. SayonaraYuu macrumors newbie

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    Disable webpage preview images

    Disable webpage preview images

    defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSnapshotsUpdatePolicy -int 2
     
  15. Anthony A macrumors member

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    So how do you check the hidden files?
     
  16. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a

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  17. clevin macrumors G3

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    there are some apps can do that. what i did is using terminal

    u can search google for "show hidden files in finder"
     
  18. dantherevelator macrumors regular

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    In Finder, press Command-Shift-G and then type "/private/var/folders" into the resulting dialog box.
     
  19. clevin macrumors G3

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    im interested to know if there is a upper limit to this.

    4.5 g so far is biggest
     
  20. iPhil macrumors 68040

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    Just checked my webpage preview folder ~ 4.61 GB.. (17k items / 2/24/09 created) :eek:
     
  21. Anthony A macrumors member

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    OK I see that folder but how are you seeing the total size. I can see the size of the individual files but not the folder size.
     
  22. leslie.g macrumors newbie

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    Right click on the folder and press 'Get Info'
     
  23. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    I found the folder and it was only 128 MB
     

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  24. clevin macrumors G3

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    mine is 112MB, but consider I only opened it 5 times since safari 4b and visited a handful of websites, the number is not what I consider acceptable.
     
  25. yojitani macrumors 68000

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    Wow. Really good find. Mine was 3.97GB. I reset it and it's now 1MB. That's crazy!
     

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