I was just attempting to export a Keynote presentation as a Quicktime Movie. Keynote froze up at the end of the export and then I had to force quit the app. However - now I am stuck with a massive loss of available disk space, almost 30 gigs!
Basically, I set Keynote to create a 10920x1080 ProRes (HQ) quicktime file to export to my desktop. I could see the available disk space under my startup disk icon shrinking as the movie rendered out. However, once Keynote crashed no temp file or anything was generated on my desktop, yet the disk space was gone. I can't find any sort of temp files or anything to delete, it's like that space just dissapeared!
I've tried restarting, reparing disk permissions, verifying the startup disk, resetting PRAM, running CRON scripts... so far nothing is helping. I created a smart folder to look for any files over 10GB and included system files and got no results.
I'm stuck! Does anyone have any ideas where I can find this elusive ghost file? I'm running off an SSD so that space is pretty valuable to me!
Ok - problem solved...
Just to round out my (mostly) one-sided discussion in case anyone else ever runs across this wacky issue - I enabled the root user in System Prefs a la this support doc: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1528
Then I just logged in as the root user, and wouldn't ya know it... my trash can was full of big useless files! Emptied the trash like normal and now I've got all my disk space back.
Hopefully this might save someone 6 hours of poking around terminal in the future!