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Authored by: 128K Mac on Jan 17, '02 02:38:51AM

The same issue exists in OS9. The location of the ever-growing download cache file there is System Folder/Preferences/Explorer.

The easiest way to get rid of it in either OS is with an AppleScript.

With a broadband connection the best setting in preferences for the browser cache is probably -0-. This can be done in I.E., Mozilla, etc. With a decent connection you can reload a page again as fast as you can from cache and your hard drive isn't being pounded with thousands of little html and gif files.

In the bad old days (pre broad band) cache files were handy to have. Now all they do is create a potential directory problem and/or needless use of your hard drive which has to continually save/retrieve them. It's not uncommon to find single pages that require saving/retrieval of 50 to 100 of these little files.

I believe another post has correctly indicated that the I.E. browser cache is IE Cache.waf in /Users/Home/Library/Caches/MS Internet Cache. If you have two other files in there, both the same size as IE Cache.waf, you've just found your Entourage X cache files. All three cache files in this folder will be the same size as your I.E. browser cache setting (under Advanced Settings) and if trashed all three will be recreated to a size of 30MB, the default setting for I.E.

Change the I.E. cache setting to something else and its cache file will immediately change, but the other two will not until both I.E. and Entourage X quit and relaunch. All three will then be the same "size" again, the setting of the I.E. browser cache.

Presumably their "size" is the amount they reserve on disk for cache, not a measure of their actual size in terms of content.

Why the browser cache setting ("Advanced" under prefs) should determine the size of the two files created by Entourage X I don't have a clue.

One interesting note is that none of these three cache files, including the browser cache for I.E., can be deleted if ANY Office X application is running. The I.E. cache file will be "busy" even if it is not running and the only application that is running is Word X.

Why?

It's a Microsoft application.





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