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More control on how modified files are updated [message #673] Thu, 01 February 2018 01:48 Go to next message
jonathanalix via foxt
Messages: 51
Registered: May 2019
Member
HI,

Can we have more control over how modified a file has to be in order to be
indexed/updated?

For example, I accidentally moved an indexed folder into my iCloud Drive,
and then back again to its original place.

FTpro is now reindexing the whole folder when I click on Update.

The files themselves have not changed, prob just the metadata (date
modified etc)

Anyway, it is 1.35 TB of data and it will take many many many many hours to
complete the Update :(


Thanks
Re: More control on how modified files are updated [message #675 is a reply to message #673] Thu, 01 February 2018 09:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
FoxTrot Engineering
Messages: 351
Registered: April 2020
Senior Member
'Ajk Sanders' via foxtrot-search wrote:

> For example, I accidentally moved an indexed folder into my iCloud Drive,
> and then back again to its original place.

> The files themselves have not changed, prob just the metadata (date
> modified etc)

Moving or renaming a file should not change any of its dates, and thus should not make FoxTrot reindex it.
However, modifying some metadata (Finder tags, Finder comments…) change the "attributes modification date". I can't test this right now, but maybe moving a file to the iCloud Drive also changes this date.

There is a very hidden setting in FoxTrot to ignore this attributes modification date. The consequence would be that changing the Finder comments or tags on a file would not be reflected in the FoxTrot index, unless you actually modify the file itself.

To change this setting:

- in the "Manage Indices" window, double-click your index in the left pane, to reveal it in the Finder; alternatively, press the shift or option key in the Finder's "Go" menu to reveal the user's "Library" folder, then navigate to {home}/Library/FoxTrot

- quit FoxTrot

- right-click on your index in the finder, and choose "Show package contents"

- drag and drop to "Config" file to TextEdit

- change the value to true in the following line:
false

- save the file, and relaunch FoxTrot


Jérôme - CTM Engineering


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I understand that they have brought out a new version, but I have
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Re: More control on how modified files are updated [message #679 is a reply to message #673] Thu, 01 February 2018 11:00 Go to previous message
jonathanalix via foxt
Messages: 51
Registered: May 2019
Member
Perfect!

Thanks very much. Perhaps this is an option that could be added the
preferences for each index or for the program overall.
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