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Home folder reads 31.15 GB larger than sum of individual subfolders
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And.reg
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Jan 12, 2018, 06:23 PM
 
I can't find where a similar question was asked, but... I'm on macOS 10.13.2, and my Home folder reads 31.15 GB larger than sum of individual subfolders when I use Get Info.

Home folder says: 76.33 GB
Individual folders sum to: 45.18 GB

and because my computer uses the Home folder size, my available hard drive space under Get Info also reads 31.15 GB too low.

Invisible files are just small data files, a few lines of text.

How do I force macOS to fix the home folder size?
This one time, at Boot Camp, I stuck a flute up my PC.
     
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Jan 12, 2018, 11:33 PM
 
I assume your Library folder is hidden. Open Terminal:

chflags nohidden ~/Library

That should do the trick.

If Library was already visible, there's another hidden file or folder in your user folder. OmniDiskSweeper will help you find it.
     
And.reg  (op)
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Jan 13, 2018, 11:14 AM
 
Knew it!

Knew that there was a thread about it somewhere, couldn't find it, cause I hadn't thought about the Library folder. I'll start cleaning that up.

It's the Library > iTunes folder > iPhone Software Updates folder.


How do I tell iTunes to not keep storing these multi-GB files there anymore?
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