It looks like it's just for caching, so it would seem disposable. But anything actively using it probably won't like its cache files vanishing. I'm seeing references that iTunes uses it for downloading apps, not your downloads folder. Once the download is complete, it moves the apps into position (it may be an installer package that's being downloaded). I have previously downloaded one App Store app, months ago, and even though I deleted all /var/folders folders, that app still works.
However, what I notice is that this app is not up to date, and the App Store application is saying no updates are available. If I go to Purchases, it sees the apps I've purchased and there it indicates an update for one of the apps is available. I have no idea if the discrepancy between Purchases and Updates in the App Store app has anything to do with removing /var/folders or if it's a bug, or what.
So if I try to update this app I get a cryptic message saying "To update this application, sign in to the account you used to purchase it." But I've already done this. I only have one App Store account. If I sign out and back in, same message. Not sure if it's related.
my iMac has completed indexing!!!
It token about 3 full days.
For my Mac Book, I think that if I leave it stay turned on for further days, would be possible that it also finish, but unfortunately I use it at work and I turn it on/off every day, so it begin indexing at every switch.
About midimporter, in folder I've only default and no other, so I don't think that is the problem.
Anyway, blowing away the folders in /var/folders, then rebooting, and then either 'mdutil -E /' or adding your Mac OS volume in privacy to prevent searches, then promptly removing it, appears to fix the problem. For me.
And, it appears for me too! (Mac Pro 1.1) I have multiple Apple ID's but have noticed (so far) nothing detrimental and Spotlight indexing is back to its normal speed.
Will turn Time Machine on shortly and see how that behaves.
Hi, did you toke a look to the content before deleting /var/folder ?
This is mine:
MacBookDasty:~ dcobianc$ ls /var/folders/*
I didn't delete it at moment on my mac book: I'm waiting for any other user confirmations about it is a definitive solution.
Worked for me too. And Time Machine worked afterwards, even with Spotlight on.
Just testing backup over a network now. It looks as if it was slower than with Spotlight off, but I will have to investigate further. It could be just that Spotlight has started indexing one of my backup drives...
Edit. yet it was Spotlight indexing the backup. I put the drive on the private list, and Time Machine is working perfectly.
I deleted mine, rebooted and the /var/folders/ have been recreated but Spotlight and Time Machine now work...
Mac-Pro:zz boldfish$ ls /var/folders/*
zyxvpxvq6csfxvn_n0000000000000 zyxvpxvq6csfxvn_n00000b400002s zyxvpxvq6csfxvn_n00000s800006_ zyxvpxvq6csfxvn_n00000tm00006n
zyxvpxvq6csfxvn_n000003800000t zyxvpxvq6csfxvn_n00000bh00002w zyxvpxvq6csfxvn_n00000sm00006d zyxvpxvq6csfxvn_n00000vr00006y
zyxvpxvq6csfxvn_n0000084000021 zyxvpxvq6csfxvn_n00000c4000031 zyxvpxvq6csfxvn_n00000th00006m
File a bug report with Apple and include what you did. Hopefully, that'll get into 10.8.3 or an 10.8.2 v1.1 update.
Well, we're all hoping it will actually be in 10.7.6 since this is a Lion issue.