Local VCS out of control!!!

My VCS/vault directory is blowing up to over 60 GB! Of course at that point I have to kill off Idea - the only way I can run Idea is with Local VCS disabled.

I'm new to the VCS behind Idea, so I'm hoping someone can give me some advice here. What are the consequences of disabling VCS? How can I control it? It seems like culprit of this memory explosion is a certain log file that no longer exists under my project (The bigger directories under in my vault directory contain dozens of copies of this log file at ~150 MB each). I deleted the bigger directories under my vault dir, but they are regenerated just the same.

Thanks in advance to anyone that can help.

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