Apple’s 10.5 Leopard file creation dates get wrong

leopard.jpgExcuse the bad Engrish, but when Apple still can’t fix OS-X to properly maintain and track file creation and modification dates (one of the points that I griped about before) then there is no reliable way to track your media assets in Apple’s Mac OS.

I always use Creation and Modification dates to sort my various projects and files on today’s massive hard drives. I hate that Windows (at least XP) won’t intermingle files and folders when sorting by last modified, but at least it gets the dates right and properly maintains a file’s creation date when copying to and from external hard drives and servers.

But not Leopard.  That’s a dealbreaker right there…

creation.jpgAs shown on MacFixIt, users are able to Get Info on a file, while also looking at the same file in Column view and the OS shows two completely different creation dates. This is deplorable in what is supposed to be an advanced and (at version 5, after 7 years) a solid OS.

Sayeth one poster: “I have recently backed up all my files onto a LeCie external HD, then wiped the G5 HD. I reloaded all software onto the G5 from discs, then copied all files back onto G5 HD. All these files now show a created/modified date as being the one when the files were transfered, not originally created.”

Responds another: “Having the identical problem. “Seems the Finder is changing the creation and modification dates ever since upgrading to 10.5.”

Given that 10.5 offers professional video producers little in the way of advanced features over 10.4, I again recommend not getting it. Spaces is cool, but is available with several thirdparty utilities.

Why is it that OS-9 / Classic, which never had these basic, fundamental file issues, wasn’t good enough to keep using?


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