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IDProjectCategoryView StatusLast Update
0000792GeoSetterImage Datapublic2011-04-24 01:12
Reportermichel_c Assigned ToFriedemann  
PrioritynormalSeveritymajorReproducibilityhave not tried
Status assignedResolutionopen 
Product Version3.4.14 Release 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0000792: File creation date should not be updated
DescriptionThe file creation date is systematically updated by Geosetter, if changes are saved. The only option we have is to update or not the file modification date.

For me, the file creation date should not be updated (we only modify files). At least, it should be optional.

I am using Geosetter with scanned pictures (so I have no EXIF information), and in my workflow I rely on Windows file dates. I think, the file creation date should be stable during the lifecycle of a file and not be modified by applications.
Additional InformationI am using Windows 7, 64 bit.
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2011-04-03 22:44

developer   ~0001539

Last edited: 2011-04-03 22:46

GeoSetter is using ExifTool to write any modifications. I found the following in the ExifTool Forum (,3127.0.html):

Your command writes the 3 common metadata date/time tags. When writing, the filesystem creation and modification dates will be set to the current time. You can use -P to preserve the filesystem modification date, or write FileModifyDate to set it to whatever you want. ExifTool can not be used to set the filesystem creation date.

- Phil

So I don't think it's possible that the file creation time will be stable during the lifecycle of the file.


2011-04-05 18:40

reporter   ~0001542

Last edited: 2011-04-05 18:40

It should be possible to preserve the creation date (and other filesystem-specific information) using the exiftool -overwrite_original_in_place option, although the "_original" backups will not be generated, and you will take a performance hit using this option.

- Phil

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2011-04-03 15:54 michel_c New Issue
2011-04-03 22:44 heiko Note Added: 0001539
2011-04-03 22:46 heiko Note Edited: 0001539
2011-04-05 18:40 boardhead Note Added: 0001542
2011-04-05 18:40 boardhead Note Edited: 0001542
2011-04-24 01:12 Friedemann Status new => assigned
2011-04-24 01:12 Friedemann Assigned To => Friedemann