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1623 Views 14 Replies Latest reply: Sep 27, 2007 6:53 PM by Viands
Currently Being ModeratedSep 16, 2007 12:56 AM (in response to Viands)I have the same thing happening to my PowerBook G4, here's a link to the screenshot:
Does anyone have any ideas? Both subfolders seem empty as well.PowerBook G4 (15-inch Double-Layer SD), Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 16, 2007 6:11 AM (in response to megatron5150)Thanks for the screenshot. Our are exactly the same. Let's hope someone responds. It's un-nerving to see something like this appear suddenly at the root of the drive.MBP, iBook, iMac, iPods, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 16, 2007 10:34 AM (in response to Viands)Hi, to know what the folder is, open Terminal - ( Finder > Apps. > Utilities ..) and drag the folder into the new "shell" - (window).
This will copy the folder into Terminal and reveal its path -(origin).
If you post back with this info. maybe an expert -(No - not me!!) will be able to guide you through the fix.
The ~ tilde represents your Home directory, so don't touch the folder to delete it until you know you can!
Also have a look at similar problems here .. http://www.pinkmutant.com/articles/toovisible.html
Robert.iMac G5 17", Powerbook G4 12", Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 16, 2007 11:04 AM (in response to Viands)Hi, sorry for the last post regarding opening Terminal for info. on the folder. It's correct, but unnecessary, just click on the folder concerned and press "Command" + "I" to "Get info".
P.S. I was working with terminal at the time when I saw the post - that's my excuse anyway!iMac G5 17", Powerbook G4 12", Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 16, 2007 1:46 PM (in response to Viands)If I drag the folder into Terminal, this is the path that shows up:
It's on my Macintosh HD, with the Applications, Developer, Library, System and Users Folder. It shows up as a Zero KB folder, with 2 empty folders, Documents & Movies. I have invisibles files hidden, but just to make sure it was empty, I viewed the folder with Transmit (which does show invisible files on my hard drive and on servers I work with) and it still appeared empty. It just seems odd that it would show up.
If I was to guess, I'd think that it would be something to do with a program creating temporary files there and possibly not cleaning the empty folders up when it's done, but I'm not a software developer, so this is just a guess.PowerBook G4 (15-inch Double-Layer SD), Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 20, 2007 3:15 AM (in response to megatron5150)It's probably a bug in some application that you've installed. As you no doubt know, '~' is a shorthand for your home directory in the Terminal, but it doesn't always work in other situations, e.g. I write fortran programs and if I use '~' in a file name it looks for a folder called '~' in the current working directory, rather than for my home folder, for which I have to use the full path (or explicitly read the $HOME variable).
In your case, it seems likely that some app is trying to write files to your home directory, but the programmer has been lazy and used the '~' shorthand in his/her code, which won't work. Since the new folder only contains Documents and Movies, it's probably a movie related application of some kind. It should be perfectly safe to remove the folder if its empty.MacBook Pro / 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 20, 2007 5:32 AM (in response to chris_R)Thanks for this. I deleted it last night and booted fine this morning. FYI, mine just had a Desktop folder, no Movies like the other poster so I doubt it was created by the same program. Seems odd that we both got such an anamoly at the same time from different apps.MBP, iBook, iMac, iPods, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 20, 2007 6:17 PM (in response to chris_R)I deleted my folder but something re-created it. I'll try to determine from the creation time what's doing it, but something tells me it's system-related since I've been working entirely in Safari and Mail.MBP, iBook, iMac, iPods, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 21, 2007 5:54 AM (in response to chris_R)Okay, mine is definitely not related to a launchable app as a new folder appeared immediately after I deleted the last. I'll disable my prefs. panes and anything else I can think of. I'll be away from email for a week and won't be able to check or post here 'til next Thursday.MBP, iBook, iMac, iPods, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 21, 2007 6:52 AM (in response to Viands)chis_R is correct. The application is question could be an Apple application. Look in your Home -> Library -> Preferences folder for a file that contains a tilde. You may have to use the terminal:
grep ~ *
When you find it, you'll have to change that ~ to "/Users/<shortname>". If it were me, I would just double click that file and change it in plist editor. I think that program comes with Apple developer tools. In any event, it should tell you which program is causing it. Then you can change the preferences from within the application if you don't want to hack up the preferences file like I would.MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 1.83Ghz/2GB Ram/80 HD +iMac G4 800
Currently Being ModeratedSep 21, 2007 1:50 PM (in response to etresoft)Might be better to do something like
grep ~/Documents *
because most of the system preference files are in binary and searching for just a single character will give a lot of false matches (in my case 92 vs 14).MacBook Pro / 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 27, 2007 11:13 AM (in response to chris_R)This is great, thank you. I get:
Binary file com.apple.Safari.plist matches
Binary file com.apple.iTunes.plist matches
Among others. It didn't re-appear while unwired, so it will be interesting to see if it does now that I'm back home and on Airport. If so, it could be one of these two. But then why are many others not complaining? BTW, I'm trying to mark these responses "helpful" and get a system error on the site. : (MBP, iBook, iMac, iPods, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 27, 2007 6:53 PM (in response to chris_R)Apple Software Update is making it, confirmed. How can I get it to stop? I'm a little intimidated by PlistEditor, but will do it if someone can give me instructions.
TY!MBP, iBook, iMac, iPods, Mac OS X (10.4.10)