Since installing macOS 10.12 I noticed a flood of messages from
deleted in the logs. I haven't been able to find any information about this daemon. Could anyone enlighten me what this does?
I came here due to an issue on my MacBook Pro (2018 15") running on macOS Catalina 10.15.7.
In fact, the
deleted process was showing up in my process list and consuming around 50% CPU - more or less. After following some hints which I found here and there (deinstalling iStats, resetting SMC and so on) I realized that this process kept on being open as long as my About this Mac window was open. The
deleted process disappears shortly after closing the About this Mac window.
For me, this problem was being caused by problems with iStat Menus on macOS Sierra 10.12.0. There seems to be a bug which causes issues with the deleted process. Once I uninstalled iStat Menus the problem ceased.
This issue has been resolved, see https://bjango.com/help/istatmenus5/knownissues/
Console.app search for
deleted and look for an entry like this:
default 17:23:45.621668+0100 deleted 1426 com.apple.deleted_helper APFS Purgeable update for Calling process: iStat Menus Status on "/Volumes/ExternalSSD2TB - Data" ET: 1.452986, results: default 17:23:45.621690+0100 deleted CACHE_DELETE_TOTAL_AVAILABLE : 0 default 17:23:45.621879+0100 deleted CACHE_DELETE_ID : com.apple.cache_delete default 17:23:45.622014+0100 deleted CACHE_DELETE_URGENCY : 0 default 17:23:45.622149+0100 deleted CACHE_DELETE_TOTAL_FSPURGEABLE : 0 default 17:23:45.622311+0100 deleted CACHE_DELETE_CALLING_PROCESS : iStat Menus Status default 17:23:45.622447+0100 deleted CACHE_DELETE_QUERY_PATH : SLOW default 17:23:45.622582+0100 deleted CACHE_DELETE_NO_CACHE : 1 default 17:23:45.622718+0100 deleted CACHE_DELETE_VOLUME : /Volumes/MBP default 17:23:45.622838+0100 deleted CACHE_DELETE_TOTAL_PURGEABLE : 1 default 17:23:45.622984+0100 deleted CACHE_DELETE_ELAPSED_TIME : 0.145932097
CACHE_DELETE_CALLING_PROCESS : iStat Menus Status reveals that the
iStat Menus Status process is causing the calls.
This issue started occurring for me when I activated the
Disks option in iStat.
After removing unchecking this option, the issue still occurred, but after I killed the
iStat Menus Status process from Activity Manager (I also killed some other ones too), the
deleted activity went away entirely.
Looks like an iStat bug.
On my recent M1 running Monterey I was trying to rename a directory but got a notice that it couldn't be done because 'another operation' was in process. Running Activity Monitor showed the 'delete' process running with CPU% hitting about 30%. Tried a few solutions offered here but none worked. Relaunching Finder did the job.