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I'm working with a complex Chrome Extension. As I debug it and make changes, some other files are created and modified.

I know for certain that are not modified by me and the extension is not being run. Maybe it's a spun off process from the IDE... I don't know.

I've tried my luck with lsof without great success. I'd like to constantly monitor that directory and after a while check up on it and read something like "X file has been created by PID Y".

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Take a look at fs_usage - you may be able to parse the results it gives you to determine the PID that created the file of interest

sudo fs_usage | grep [file]

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