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Searching my Xserve, I find empty files like OfficSanBol, OfficSanBoo…

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Alex Geis Level 2 Level 2 (460 points)
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Nov 20, 2010 11:26 AM
I have a bunch of files... here's what happenes when I:

xserve2:/Users/rcox/Fonts/Officina root# du -d 1 -h *
36K OfficSanBol
36K OfficSanBolIta
32K OfficSanBoo
36K OfficSanBooIta
36K OfficSerBol
40K OfficSerBolIta
36K OfficSerBoo
36K OfficSerBooIta
96K Officina Screen

xserve2:/Users/rcox/Fonts/Officina root# ls -l *
-rwxrwxrwx + 1 rcox www 0 Oct 1 1999 OfficSanBol
-rwxrwxrwx + 1 rcox www 0 Oct 1 1999 OfficSanBolIta
-rwxrwxrwx + 1 rcox www 0 Oct 1 1999 OfficSanBoo
-rwxrwxrwx + 1 rcox www 0 Oct 1 1999 OfficSanBooIta
-rwxrwxrwx + 1 rcox www 0 Oct 1 1999 OfficSerBol
-rwxrwxrwx + 1 rcox www 0 Oct 1 1999 OfficSerBolIta
-rwxrwxrwx + 1 rcox www 0 Oct 1 1999 OfficSerBoo
-rwxrwxrwx + 1 rcox www 0 Oct 1 1999 OfficSerBooIta
-rwxrwxrwx + 1 rcox www 0 Apr 12 2000 Officina Screen

du tells me the folder and the files do take up space
when i cat one, it's empty
copying to a new drive shows the same thing

any ideas?
(2) dual 2.5 g5, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • Roger Smith3 Level 6 Level 6 (13,475 points)
    Those look to be font files. Font files, unles they're otf, are all resource fork and 0 data fork. Check them out with Finder, and they'll probably look okay. It's nothing to worry about.

    XServer, Mac OS X (10.4.3), XRAID, Xasperated
  • Camelot Level 8 Level 8 (45,670 points)
    Mac files historically had two 'forks' - a data fork and a resource fork.
    The resource fork was like a structured database of standard data, whereas the data fork was more free-form.

    'cat' and 'ls' only look at the data fork of a file, not the resource fork. If the files in question have a resource fork that would explain why 'ls' shows them as zero bytes - the data fork is empty, even though there is some file size associated with the resource fork.

    Most modern applications eschew the resource fork since it's a proprietary Macintosh feature that isn't supported on most other operating systems, making it hard to migrate between systems.

    Edit: I think Roger's right that they're fonts which, historically, were resource files.
    Mac OS X (10.4.8)


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