I have a folder that contains no items, but du -hs ~/dev/random-assets says it has 3.7G.

Get info says "3.96GB" for 1 item.

I do have git initialized on this directory.

How do I clear out the directory so it accurately reflects the files inside of it?

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ls -al ~/dev/random-assets

will probably tell you that you still have a .git subdirectory. If you truly wish to delete it all,

cd ~/dev/random-assets
rm -Rf .git

If you would like to be able to see dotfiles in your Finder windows instead of having them hidden, issue

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder
  • I showed hidden files, then noticed inside the .git folder it had an objects folder containing the 4gb. I deleted that. Will that cause any harm?
    – evan
    Sep 18, 2016 at 16:32
  • @evan, the .git folder (together with all its subfolders) contains your git repository. This does no harm if you are no longer interested in that repository. Sep 18, 2016 at 19:08

There must be some files or folders hidden in this folder and are beginning with a dot, so that's why they are hidden. If you remove the folder and recreate it you should be fine.

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