What is the point of the '/.trashes' file in Mac Os X? It appears to be useless. I've never seen it being used by programmers. Would it be bad to delete it?

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That's the location of the trash bin. If you use a USB drive on your Mac and then you plug it into a Windows or Linux PC, you'll see that same file/folder. Every drive will have its own.

  • Would it be bad to delete it? Apr 18, 2016 at 22:59
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    @John: Go ahead and delete it -- OS X will recreate it next time it's needed. Apr 19, 2016 at 5:19

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