The folks at shirt pocket count files the same as Disk Utility. If I launch them simultaneously the file counts agree exactly.
By the way you have the new ML-compatible v2.7.1?
Maybe the folks there at shirt-pocket.com know more about it
I've posted this issue on the SuperDuper forum [as you discovered], Apple Insider forum and Mac Rumors forum.
So far nothing
Using the Terminal and starting at the root using
I was able to get file counts for all major directories using
sudo find "<directory_name>/" | wc -l from the Terminal. The results are:
That adds up to over 600K files. I'm going to repeat this over the next week and see where the big change is. My current suspicion is the private directory.
I now have it down to my AV application, Virus Barrier X6. I have tens of thousands of log files with a first line something like this
mdworker(9642) deny mach-lookup com.intego.mig_hook
Not sure what that means but the number of such files is equal to the difference between my "normal" count and the abnormal high count. I do know that mdworker is the index process for Spotlight.
I filed a report with Intego; they responded in 30 minutes with a setting change that resolved the issue. They have a "Behvioral Analysis" mode that keeps an eye on suspicious activities performed by applications. If any application does anything that could be considered abnormal (such as deleting a large number of files, for example), VirusBarrier X6 will alert you to this. It generates a lot of log files. I disabled it and deleted their log files and all is good.
In the 28 years I've used Mac's I've had three viruses. One was actually injected by an IT person [accidentally] maintaining our Mac's at work. We had about 45,000 Macs at that time spread over four continents.
Having worked in software for 35 years I've learned the hard way that the paranoid survive and those that think their OS is bullet proof are fools.