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I have a WordPress plugin which was originally 26kb zipped (79kb uncompressed).

I installed it, then made some live changes, then downloaded it and found that the plugin folder is showing 4.2MB in Finder!

Expanding all the folders in one Finder window, I can confirm that there is maybe 50KB in there unzipped.

What is going wrong? Even when I zip it it's 3.8MB. Where is this extra data coming from? Right now I'm blaming the Mac, but maybe this is wrong.

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Did you check hidden files? What about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.DS_Store? :)

Open terminal, go to that directory and type ls -alh. Then compare what you see in terminal and what Finder is showing.

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