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    Default Date file enters my mac?

    How do I check the real date of file creation in Mac OS X.

    When I receive (promos,mail, ...) it shows the day it was created..so for an example the artist finished the track in February 2012 but I received it in March 2012 when I go in finder to look at date created it shows February 2012 but I didn't have the file at that time..is there anyway to find when I received the file?
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    You could keep a diary of when you download stuff.
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    ya I was unorganized at the time I guess Im gunna have to wing it and keep myself organized from now on..
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    from a shell (stat -x) or the "get info" from the finder u have access/change/modified dates. 'change' will be when u downloaded it while 'modify' will be when the file was actually modified - so will be whatever date it had from it's archive - unless u *have* actually modified it ofc... the date you're describing sounds like the modified rather than change date
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    I only see modified and created in finder how do I get to change?
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    "show view options" from your finder and select to show the other columns...
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    i've only had my mac a month or so but i don't see a window that looks quite like that. Modified and Changed that u have in your photo are the 2 timestamps of interest anyway. when u unzip a file the Modified should stay the same as when the file was in the zip, while the Changed should be updated to the current time. easy to test anyway - find some zip file to unzip... (copying from a .dmg won't afaik have the same effect but might)
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    Screen shot 2012-04-02 at 9.52.44 PM.jpg


    see ^^^^^^^^^

    I downloaded file in the other day...march 29 2012 but it shows 2007 when I unzip it should show todays date no?
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    just did a quick test and selected to show modified/created/opened/added from "show view options" (osx lion) and unzipped a file from a few weeks ago (windows midimasher build).

    modified/created/opened all show the date from the zip (14 feb 2012) while the "date added" column shows "today"

    i don't see todays date at all when i ctrl+click and do a "get info"

    running "stat -x" on a file shows this:

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    $ stat -x midimasher.bat 
      File: "midimasher.bat"
      Size: 36           FileType: Regular File
      Mode: (0755/-rwxr-xr-x)         Uid: (  501/    foo)  Gid: (   20/   staff)
    Device: 14,2   Inode: 6194167    Links: 1
    Access: Tue Apr  3 05:05:22 2012
    Modify: Tue Feb 14 08:41:50 2012
    Change: Tue Apr  3 05:04:40 2012
    so the "zip date" is being stored in modify and "unzipped date" is stored in change
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