My User's Application folder does not contain the regular Applications' folders one might expect. Instead it contains an
index.dat file and a lot of sub-folders that are serially numbered (00,01,...,0f,...,9f,...,a0,...,af,...,ff) and contain
*.file files like "00b1bfebc0ceb054d7872956649e40b091ab9341.file".
See following screenshot:
I'm cleaning up my mac and am not sure if I can delete this. I don't know which Application is creating this... filesystem?.
Some files are written even today so, is there a way to find out which Application is writing these files?
I did the following:
- Deleted the files and folders in question
- Restart Machine
- Log user back in
- Quickly open terminal and run
sudo fs_usage | grep index.dat
- See the file being accessed by the following:
13:10:44 open /Users/lapdog/Applications/index.dat 0.000041 mdworker 13:10:44 getattrlist /Users/lapdog/Applications/index.dat 0.000027 mds 13:11:23 lstat64 Users/lapdog/Applications/index.dat 0.000022 fseventsd 13:11:23 getxattr /Users/lapdog/Applications/index.dat 0.000011 Dock 13:11:23 lstat64 /Users/lapdog/Applications/index.dat 0.000023 fseventsd 13:11:24 fsgetpath /Users/lapdog/Applications/index.dat 0.000021 mds 13:11:24 getattrlist /Users/lapdog/Applications/index.dat 0.000046 mds 13:11:24 listxattr /Users/lapdog/Applications/index.dat 0.000020 mds 13:11:24 getattrlist /Users/lapdog/Applications/index.dat 0.000081 mds
and a lot more of that until it stops. I still don't know if this is being created upon login or restart. I will check with a different user if the files are being created b4 logging in the with my user again.