I'm not sure where in the process this occurred, but I am creating a web-app using nest.js and typeorm to connect to a sqlite3 database. And I used detenv to specify the database location. I am using a Mac, latest version of Big Sur, if that helps. I was using '~/.appname/database.sqlite' as the database path. I am pretty sure this resulted in a hard link to ~ being created in my project directory. As you can imagine. such a link is **scary** and difficult to get rid of. Does this sound like it is a problem with: - sqlite3 - typeorm - nest.js - dotenv Because I think it is unexpected behavior, and a bug ticket should be filed with the appropriate software project.