HT4007: Aperture 3: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)Learn about Aperture 3: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2012 11:23 PM (in response to oscarbuzz)
Aperture has two cache directories that uses regularly
- In your user library: ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Aperture/
- At System Level: There are temporary file written to a hidden area, that you can open from the Terminal by referring the system varaiable $TMPDIR.
Open a Terminal window and enter the following command:
This will open a terminal Window showin this hidden cache. I found the partially rendered movies in a subfolder called something like "TemporaryItems"
Why did it use up so much of my internal drive space when I actually told Aperture to save the finished slideshow file to an external drive?
The final movie will be saved to the destination you named, but Aperture needs working space for partial renderings and as much RAM as it can get. The OS will swap other applications to a swapping area of the ystem drive to free RAM for Aperture.
Another problem could be that the destination drive you want to write to temporarily went offline. Then aperture will write to $TMPDIR instead. Check the permissions on your external volume and the connection. Is it a Network volume? This is risky, of you need a stable connection for a long render time. In that case connect the external volume directly.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2012 12:18 AM (in response to léonie)
First of all, thank you for your reply.
I tried your first suggestions but there was no "com.apple.Aperture" file inside the Library/Caches folder.
When I did your second suggestion, the resulting window after I typed in "open $TMPDIR" revealed 4 folders: (1) etc, (2) tftpboot, (3) tmp, and (4) var. I looked into all 4 of them (including their subfolders) but did not find anything that could look like the temporary render files that I can delete to free up several GB of internal drive space.
What if I deleted ALL 4 FOLDERS? They are temporary files anyway, right? Will I create new problems if I do so? Wouldn't the system just create new temp files every time I use an application?
Also, I am running OS X 10.7.4 right now. What if I upgraded to Mountain Lion? Would this free up the missing GB of internal drive space?
Is there anything in Disk Utility that I can do that could help with this problem?
Thank you again.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2012 12:46 AM (in response to oscarbuzz)
on no account touch the folders (1) etc, (2) tftpboot, (3) tmp, and (4) var at that level - that are important system files and install locations,
I cannot check this on Lion right now, the $TMPDIR is a folder at a deeper nesting level of the var folder, at least on my Mt. Lion system. And the temporary items have random names for security reasons, so malware cannot guess the names.
Here is what I see: the caches for my user account are in
Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2012 1:26 AM (in response to léonie)
I just remembered - sometimes Aperture also write to /tmp, if the connection to a volume gets lost.
Type into your Terminal
to browse this folder, but do not delete anything, that you do not clearly recognized as being produced by Aperture.