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It seems every time I empty the trash on my powerbook running OS X 10.2.6, the amount of available disk space (as listed near the top of any Finder window) decreases! Any ideas why that might be? Prospero "The best model of a cat is another cat or, better, the cat itself." -- Norbert Weiner...

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    Default Emptying trash *decreases* available disk space!?

    It seems every time I empty the trash on my powerbook running
    OS X 10.2.6, the amount of available disk space (as listed near
    the top of any Finder window) decreases!

    Any ideas why that might be?


    Prospero

    "The best model of a cat is another cat or, better, the cat itself."
    -- Norbert Weiner
    Prospero Guest

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    Default Re: Emptying trash *decreases* available disk space!?

    In article <020920031122256574%com>, Prospero Spooks
    <com> wrote:
     

    its a bug in finder.

    the displayed available space is stale data so when you empty the trash
    it looks like you are losing space. it works the other way too -
    duplicate a file and gain space.

    you are probably downloading files with some other app and finder is
    oblivious to it.
    nospam Guest

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    Default Re: Emptying trash *decreases* available disk space!?

    In article <020920031122256574%com>,
    Prospero Spooks <com> wrote:
     

    Before you emptied the trash, the 'available space' info was wrong. The
    Finder doesn't bother to keep that info up-to-date. For example, if
    you're downloading large files, it might not update the 'available
    space' right away.

    If you wait a while, eventually it'll update the info being displayed.
    Certain actions, such as emptying the trash, will cause the Finder to
    update the info sooner.

    This also sometimes happens when you move things from one folder to
    another -- folder sizes might not be updated right away, or something
    that was just added to a folder might not be visible for a little while.

    Apple might have done it on purpose, to keep the Finder from using too
    much CPU time and slowing everything else down, but it does get annoying
    sometimes. The Finder could really use a "refresh" or "update" command.
    Wayne Guest

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    Default Re: Emptying trash *decreases* available disk space!?

    In article <020920031525477125%invalid>,
    nospam <invalid> wrote:
     

    if you go into the Terminal and type:

    df -k

    at the command line, you'll always get a current correct total of how much
    space is used on the volume.
    sam Guest

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