support for creation date – st_birthtime – in Dolphin, GNOME Files and other applications

st_birthtime as shown in the FreeBSD manual page for stat(1)

I see:
For cohesive behaviour of the desktop environment with a diversity of applications, what other areas will require attention?

I think of Open … and Save … dialogues, and of GNOME Files x11-fm/nautilus, which I often use when working around issues with Dolphin. What else?


In The FreeBSD Forums, post 12 under finding the creation date

In Ubuntu areas, various discussions were closed, some without a satisfactory conclusion. A handful from 2008 onwards:
– and captured in the Wayback Machine, two of the brainstorms that were mentioned in an early discussion:
Last but not least, from statx() v3 [] (2016-11-30):

Some developments just take a long time to truly come to fruition. That has proved to be the case for the proposed statx() system call …

… information relevant to files now, including generation and version numbers, file creation time, encryption status, whether they are stored on a remote server, and so on. …

– that might help to explain the dissatisfaction :)
⚙ D5138 Fill UDS_CREATION_TIME with the value of st_birthtime on FreeBSD led to commit R241:16f69a5d0d55 on 2017-04-17.

For Linux, the following KDE bugs remain open:
Dolphin 17.07.90 on FreeBSD-CURRENT

2017-08-18 05:23:10.png

FreeBSD 12.0-CURRENT #0 r320869: Mon Jul 10 13:57:55 UTC 2017

Minor issues:
  • there sometimes appear gaps in the Created column, sometimes not filled by a refresh
  • it'll be nice to gain a way of formatting the Accessed, Created and Modified columns (in the meantime, I like the 2017-07-18T06:37:00 style).
The Properties dialogue already uses consistent formatting for all three timestamps:

2017-08-18 06:23:23.png

Not recently, but occasionally I saw metadata suggesting that a file was modified before it was created (logically impossible) but I'm almost certain that was not an issue with Dolphin or KDE; the same weirdness was observed with Lumina, last year, in the first screenshot under Insight shows the wrong date of creation · Issue #336 · trueos/lumina.