Strange hidden file on Desktop, 200MB?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Mal, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    #1
    I just accidentally did a "Get Info" on my empty desktop (I never store anything there), and was surprised to see that it the folder was 219.2 MB in size. Since there was nothing visible, I did a sudo ls -al ~/Desktop to find out what was there, and got the following files:

    Code:
    drwxr-xr-x@  3 jonathan  staff        102 Jun 25  2009 $RECYCLE.BIN
    drwx------+  6 jonathan  staff        204 Apr 30 12:35 .
    drwxr-xr-x+ 59 jonathan  staff       2006 Apr 26 16:16 ..
    -rw-------@  1 jonathan  admin       6148 Apr 30 12:20 .DS_Store
    -rw-r--r--@  1 jonathan  staff  219170815 Mar 31  2009 .QT-fb8c-c5f7a316-bffff54c-00
    -rw-r--r--   1 jonathan  staff          0 Mar 19  2009 .localized
    Obviously, I'm most concerned about the big one, the .QT-fb8c-c5f7a316-bffff54c-00 that's over 200MB in size. Has anyone else ever seen something like this? I'm going to delete it if I don't hear a "No, don't ever delete that!" from someone soon, as I've never seen it before, but I wanted to get some input on what might be the reason for it.

    jW
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    #2
    Something associated with Quicktime?

    file .QT-fb8c-c5f7a316-bffff54c-00

    Might reveal a little info, like type. Also:

    strings .QT-fb8c-c5f7a316-bffff54c-00
     
  3. Mal thread starter macrumors 603

    Mal

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    #3
    Well, I guess I jumped the gun, because I already deleted it. I did "more" on it, and got a long string of nonsense. I also gave it execute permissions and tried to execute it (risky I know), but it said it couldn't execute the binary file.

    jW
     
  4. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    I couldn't find anything by googling, so I think you're safe. Could be a leftover from a quicktime file, but who knows.
     

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