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MacOS: Getting 200MB disk emoticon bloat from Skype

I was doing a search in Houdah Spot when I realised that there are hundreds of megabytes of video files in Skype  Application support directory.

On checking thes evideo files, they are MP4-encoded memes. What that actual bloody hell is that for ?


So I deleted both the media-cache_v3 and media_cache_v3 directories (I need that space for real work).When I restarted Skype it promptly downloaded 200 Megabytes of emoticons from Azure. Luckily I was not running on a 3G/4G modem as I sometimes do.

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I haven’t been able to find a way to ditch this 200 megabytes of emoticon cruft that Skype ¬†forces me to download and bloat the disk drive on my computer, if you find out, please let me know.

I mean, normal software developers would use the emoticons provided by the operating system. Why the heck are they downloading hundreds of megabytes of cruft!!