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I doubt anyone here is expert enough to know what all files the system puts there, nor how to stop them all. Among other things it uses Virtual Memory (the swap files sly has mentioned) and will create a temp file for sleep mode.

Bottom line, you're not going to get a responsive system, nor one that is not running out of space without freeing up a minimum of 10-20% of the space on the drive. Even the few that don't espouse this particular amount of free space claim that OS X needs a minimum of 10-12GB free space to operate properly.

Over and above that, when you're down to a minimal amount of free space, it may not be only a matter of no free space, but also a matter of not enough free contiguous space on the drive for some write operations the OS may need to perform.

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