I'm using OS X and I see these ~ directories sometime appear my directories. I know Unix and I know that ~ represents the home directory, but these other ~ directories appear elsewhere and they aren't symbolic or hard links either. What's causing this?
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It seems likely that some app is trying to write files to your home directory, but the programmer has been lazy and used the '~' shorthand in the code, which won't work, instead of
The thread Mysterious Tilde (~) Folder shows how to delete it, but it comes back later on.
The thread Mysterious Tilde Folder Appeared claims that this directory is created by Apple Software Update.