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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:53 am 
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I create files and later send them to a client. When he receives (and unzips them), do the creation dates of those files reflect the date/time that I made them or the date/time that they "landed" on his computer?

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 Post subject: Re: File creation dates
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:04 pm 
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It depends on the program he's using to unzip them with. Some programs update the modification date to the time they were unzipped, others leave them intact. If he's on OS X and is using the built-in compression widget... I'll have to check. I use The Unarchiver everywhere and in TU you can specify which method to use. TU takes the place of the system widget (but handles more formats).


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:28 pm 
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MikeHarrison wrote:
I create files and later send them to a client. When he receives (and unzips them), do the creation dates of those files reflect the date/time that I made them or the date/time that they "landed" on his computer?

Mindful of your shyness, still you could ask the recipient. Just note the date/time when you created them, and then compare with what the recipient reports back to you, if that is at all possible.


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 Post subject: Re: File creation dates
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:31 pm 
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You could just zip them, move the zip to a new folder, and unzip them without involving the client. Though it really depends on what's doing the unzipping and how it sets the timestamps. I quite like having things I just unzipped move to the top of my Downloads folder instead of being inserted further down.


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This was just out of curiosity; one of the many odd things that float through my brain.

But I tried MonkeyBoy's idea; the date/time stamp didn't change. And then I uploaded the zip file to my server and then downloaded it using a browser with the same result: no change.

Roam: I appreciate what you said... but it's not important enough... and the client will almost certainly wonder what planet I'm from if I were to ask! (I get enough of that from friends.) :roll:

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