I am using a command line application which creates a great amount of intermediate artifacts to the file system and then at some point deletes them.

On environments where storage space is constrained this can pose a problem.

I'd like to know if there's a tool which would allow me to run the application under and then summarise the changes that were done to the filesystem when it terminates (mainly amount of created/deleted files and their sizes).

closed as too broad by Thomas Dickey, sam, MelBurslan, mdpc, Stephen Kitt Aug 12 '16 at 19:16

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Any useful tool in this area is going to require some learning effort. The usual approach is auditing, which OSX provides:

Other tools can be useful:

But ultimately, the responses to this question will be based on the responder's familiarity with certain tools.

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