Thanks to all who replied. I "fixed" it by restoring from a SuperDuper
I have no idea what caused the event, and I have no idea where the
excess files were hidden. sudo du -sh ~/* didn't show anything unusual
(I compared the directory sizes on the affected drive with the those on
the unaffected external drive). I'm beginning to suspect that a corrupt
database caused the system to _think_ that the drive was full. OTOH,
repeated runnings of Disk Warrior and Disk Utility failed to turn up
As I was researching this I turned up an old bit of information about
Photoshop 7 causing such a problem. The front application at the time
of the incident was PS CS3. Perhaps the bug is merely sleeping and some
odd chain of events woke it up? Like Mothra.
I agree with almost everything that you have said and almost everything that
you will say in your entire life.
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