TagMac OS X

Mac space running out? Whatsapp backup to iCloud may be the cause

A few weeks ago I noticed my Mac was running a bit low on disk space. It didn’t surprise me, since I have loads of RAW photos that take up massive amounts of space, and it’s a 256GB box.

However, since it hit around 15GB I’ve been keeping an eye on it. Since then, I’ve seen how almost on a daily basis the free space drops and drops…

If this situation sounds familiar to you, maybe you can find the solution here.

When it hit 10GB I started looking for an explanation. After examining with Disk Inventory X, I noticed that ~/Library/Caches folder was really fat. Fat as in ~40GB. You can browse directly to that folder by pressing CMD+Shift+G on Finder and entering ~/Library/Caches.

After further investigation, I found that folder com.apple.bird was the culprit, weighing around ~35GB.

Apparently that folder stores iCloud related stuff and you can delete it safely. I deleted it, but in a matter of weeks it got fat again. I had eradicated the symptom, but not the problem.

After searching the web again, I found an article¹ that shared the same concern. The theory is that the root problem is Whatsapp backup to iCloud. It’s not 100% proven, but after I disabled Whatsapp backups, the folder hasn’t grown again. Alternatively, I think you can enable weekly or monthly backups in Whatsapp.

Let me know in the comments if this has helped you or you have any clues on this topic.

[1] – Large com.apple.bird directory – Apple Support Communities


Enable tabbing between buttons on modal windows in OS X

Having the ability to navigate through buttons on modal windows is is one of the (very) few things I missed or found awkward since I’ve switched to OS X. It seems there was a setting for that, but it’s disabled by default:

OS X Keyboard Settings

Source: https://twitter.com/iign/status/310105984418865152

Terminal: “You have new mail.”

La otra vez abrí una terminal y lo primero que vi fue este mensaje.

Terminal: You have new mail.

Luego de chequear mis cuentas y pensar que había sido víctima de algún hackeo o algo así, busqué en Google y encontré la solución.

Basta con eliminar la carpeta /var/mail/$USER o utilizar el comando mail y borrarlos, pero esto puede llevar bastante más tiempo.


Configurar VirtualHosts en XAMPP (OS X)

En Terminal:

sudo /Applications/TextEdit.app/Contents/MacOS/TextEdit /etc/hosts

Agrego:    proyecto.dev

sudo /Applications/TextEdit.app/Contents/MacOS/TextEdit /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/etc/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf


<VirtualHost *:80>
  ServerName arqfiles.dev
  DocumentRoot "/Users/[usuario]/[ruta-proyecto]"
  <Directory "/Users/[usuario]/[ruta-proyecto]">
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php/$1 [L]

Reiniciar Apache.

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