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Marc Victor Pierre Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

Every time I restart my computer  I find a ? file (see picture)

What is this ?

 

It starts about one week ago. I do not realize wht I have done to get this apparently empty file ?

 

Thanks

?????.jpg


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: New file at each start ????
    roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)

    Your image is not displaying. Try reposting it again but give it a lettered name rather than using ???.jpg

  • 2. Re: New file at each start ????
    Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)

    It displays here, roam. Folder icon with the red "no entry" symbol, created today, no size give, type folder.

  • 3. Re: New file at each start ????
    roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)

    Thanks Austin, I can't get the detail here. I recall something very similar recently, a mystery file only 4KB but it was not resolved, only that the file was an unidentified .plist file, origin unknown. I wonder if it is the same.

     

    EDIT a folder you say, hmmm. I wanted to see its location. Perhaps the OP could detail that.

     

    Message was edited by: roam

  • 4. Re: New file at each start ????
    Marc Victor Pierre Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    When I remove the "no entry signs" this is what I have:

     

    File 1.jpg

     

    When I open the file and remove again the "no entry signs" this is what I get. At the end the "auto save information " file is empty.

     

    Inside File 1.jpg

     

    What is that ?

     

    Merci

  • 5. Re: New file at each start ????
    roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)

    Hello Marc,

    Thank you for the clear pictures.

    I am not sure but I think these are temporary files 10.7 Lion uses. Are you running OS 10.6 Snow leopard or 10.7 Lion?

  • 6. Re: New file at each start ????
    Marc Victor Pierre Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    Hi Roam

     

    Unfortunatly I still use Snow Leopard 10.6.8

    I believe yjay I solve the problem. I deleted a file that I found in my account preferences in the start up files that had noting to di there. It seems OK.

     

    I do not know how it appears in that place.....

     

    Unfortunatly I did not notice the exact name. It was related to Microsoft Word software. Sorry for that.

     

    Thanks for your help.

     

    Marc

  • 7. Re: New file at each start ????
    Marc Victor Pierre Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    Sorry I replied too quickly

     

    This morning it appeared again.

     

    The file in question is "Microsoft Daemon Application"

     

    What is this. Why it re-appeared after I dleted it and creates this "unwanted" empty file ?

    Why I did not have that before ?

     

    Thanks

     

    Marc

  • 8. Re: New file at each start ????
    roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)

    Hi Marc,

    I've looked up "Microsoft Daemon Application" and it seems to be part of Office for Mac, Entourage or Outlook.

    I found this information here,

    http://www.officeformachelp.com/outlook/database/

     

    Do you use either of those products? Either way, I don't think it is a problem, but it would be better to locate that folder in ~/Library/Application Support, rather than where it now is on the root of the drive.

    See if in your Microsoft application preferences there is any choice to set the location of that folder.

  • 9. Re: New file at each start ????
    Marc Victor Pierre Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    Hi Roam

     

    You are 100% correct as far as Microsoft database daemon is concerned but this is not the cause of the appearance of this "unwanted and empty" file. Unfortunatly.

     

    In fact I went until the point where I delected this application.

     

    But the file still appears ????

     

    of course it is more (apperntly) an esthetic question.... but I would be very please to solve it.

     

    I cannot undesrtand what I have changed  that caused this file to appear evrytime I re-start my computer.

     

    Thanks anyway for your help and if you have other ideas, do not heistate.

     

    regards

     

    Marc

  • 10. Re: New file at each start ????
    roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)

    I see. I don't what is placing that folder there. If you open the folder called Autosaved Information, and any subsequent sub folder you may eventually find the file that has been autosaved, and that may give you a clue to its origin.

  • 11. Re: New file at each start ????
    Marc Victor Pierre Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    The fact is that this folder seems empty.

    I will check whether there is some invisible files. I let you knwo if I find something.

    Thanks

  • 12. Re: New file at each start ????
    Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)

    The path to the empty folder from your Home is ~/Library/Autosaved Information. As you probably know, "~" is the common Unix abbreviation for "current user's Home", so it seems to me that some application has a slightly mis-configured save path for it's autosaves - it is using ~/~/Library/Autosaved Information instead of ~/Library/Autosaved Information.

     

    I would suggest quit all likely applications, delete the folder, restart, then start just one application at a time, maybe at hourly intervals, until the folder reappears. Then look at the preferences for the app that produced it.

  • 13. Re: New file at each start ????
    Marc Victor Pierre Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    Thank you

     

    I did not know all that but I will try.

     

    I will let you know if I manage to do something

  • 14. Re: New file at each start ????
    Marc Victor Pierre Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    Sorry but you mean to delete the APPLICATIONS FOLDER ?

    Or simply move it to the trash and then recovering applications one by one ? Is that sufficient ?

    Merci

    Sorry to disturb.

    Regards

    Marc

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