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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:27 pm 
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10.13.6, how can I figure out which process or app is doing it, seems small, too small to watch Activity Monitor.

I can see it update occasionally in a Get Info of the whole drive, but not in Get Info of Home Folder, System, or Library.

A few log files grow even slower.

I thought there was a way to find this in Terminal, but lost on that end.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:53 pm 
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Even stranger & scarier now, I thought it was eating up space, but it's freeing up space or deleting things!

1st pic @ 6:44PM, next one 5 minutes later @ 6:498 PM...


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:29 pm 
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If it's freeing up space, it's iCloud's method of taking good audio files and crapifying them, then uploading them to your iCloud account in the sky. Disable that feature by logging into iCloud and shutting down its remote auto-everything.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:05 am 
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Thanks, iCloud only has Mail, Safari, & Notes checked, wouldn't trust it with anything much.

Even though there was a power outage overnite & auto restart it's now lost 43,540,480 Bytes...


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:01 am 
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My POP account actually keeps 2 weeks back on their server, so I have the Drive, Photos, Contacts, Calendars, Notes and Keychain set up. Needs are kinda minimal, have yet to exceed the 5G free limit (back up my iPad to my cMP, with runs a TM and a clone).


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:21 pm 
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Hey, Paul, good to see you\re well enough to post! :)

Still Writing and decreasing used space!?


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:28 pm 
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Could be system cache files shrinking/growing, system swap file
shrinking/growing.

Usually on a reboot MacOS will dump some its user/system cache file data
(especially if on reboot the "Reopen windows when logging back in"
box is unchecked).

When I doubled my system memory a few weeks ago I still had a 1.08GB swap file.
MacOS didn't delete it immediately. It did finally delete it (i just noticed it today)
and it is zero size, in fact the file has gone away on its own, there's no longer
even an empty swap file in the /private/var/vm directory. The sleepimage
file is still there, but the swapfile is gone. I'm sure MacOS will recreate it
if need be.

MacOS may upload/download (synchronize) iCloud files too.

I've noticed my Cached files (in activity monitor) are in a constant state
of change, especially when opening/closing/running apps.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:05 pm 
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Thanks, could be, it's counting up now!?

I've let it set hours with doing nothing & it was still actively changing.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:58 am 
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BDAqua wrote:
Thanks, could be, it's counting up now!?

I've let it set hours with doing nothing & it was still actively changing.


My cMP has been sitting for hours too. Its cache file (in activity monitor) has grown
also (from about 9.7gb to 10.1gb. Other than the usual mass of helper programs
loaded (and I got a bunch of them), only iTunes and two browsers are open.
I don't use iCloud or Apple's mail program so it can't be that either. In fact
Seamonkey mail was closed too.

I suppose some maintenance program might have run also during that time.

Just because a computer looks like it's doing nothing, doesn't mean it isn't doing nothing.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:08 am 
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Thanks.


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If you quit everything and watch it with fs_usage -f filesys or iotop you might notice something. It is, however, a total pain to sift anything useful out of fs_usage.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:46 pm 
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Thanks anon, I think that was the command I was looking for, it sure is busy!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:25 pm 
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Whenever I hear continuous disk activity, I always think spotlight must be involved.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:32 pm 
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Tried excluding everything from Spotlight no change.

At a link provided by kjk555 I tried...

iostat -w 1 disk0 seems to point to mostly PID 96 & 95 timed & aspd, didn't help to force quit them of course.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:44 am 
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Did you try unloading the launchctl process for aspd?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:16 am 
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Thanks for the reminder, I never got back to that to try, will likely today after paying bills & other things.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:19 am 
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Grrrr, forgot...

/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.apsd.plist: Operation not permitted while System Integrity Protection is engaged


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:44 pm 
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I wonder if you open Facetime and then, within Facetime, log out of your Apple ID if it'd stop?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:30 pm 
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Good idea, but how/where do you sign out of Apple ID?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:42 pm 
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When you open Facetime the bottom of one of the menus will either be "sign into facetime" or "sign out of facetime" although I may be misremembering and it could be appleid instead of facetime.

But it's the bottom-most option in one of the menus on the menubar. Its been so long since I've looked at it, sorry, wish I could remember. I'm knee-deep in windows at the moment otherwise I'd boot into macos and peek.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:01 am 
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Thanks, When logged in there is nothing but an offer to start one, but this time something logged it out & when I started Facetime there was a Login required... no diff on Disk Activity either way.


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Well that sucks.


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