Monday, November 9, 2020

Fragile Spotlight Comments

Howard Oakley:

Finder Comments, also known as Spotlight Comments, are such a good idea.


The worst possible place you can store metadata is in a separate file, such as a hidden file of proprietary format located in the same folder. But that’s exactly where Finder Comments are saved. Worse still, as if recognising the error of its ways, Apple duplicated them in an extended attribute (xattr), only that isn’t kept in sync with the other copy. The end result is that Finder Comments are as reliable as loose scraps of paper, and just as easily lost.

This dichotomy is one of the reasons I wrote EagleFiler. I like the idea of comments so much that I wanted to remove the limitations (length, plain text, restrictive editor) and store them in a more secure and open way.

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