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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 previous message
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'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:

- save the file, and relaunch FoxTrot

Jérôme - CTM Engineering

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