[digiKam-users] People Tag change file date-time despite explicit setting

Remco Viëtor remco.vietor at wanadoo.fr
Fri Oct 1 11:09:25 BST 2021

On vendredi 1 octobre 2021 10:28:24 CEST Pierre Kerff wrote:
> I checked the Bug tracking list [1] but can’t find any reference to this
> issue. Shall I create a new bug/request ?
> [1]
> https://bugs.kde.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=__all__&content=timestamp&no_re
> direct=1&order=changeddate%20DESC%2Cpriority%2Cbug_severity&product=digikam&
> query_format=specific
> From: Pierre Kerff
> Sent: 29 September 2021 13:12
> To: digiKam - Home Manage your photographs as a professional with the power
> of open source <digikam-users at kde.org>
 Subject: People Tag change file
> date-time despite explicit setting 
> Dear all, is this already known, or shall I record a request for it ? Thanks
> to let me know.
> Platform version: digiKam 7.3.0 on Windows 10
> Settings:
> → Configure digiKam → Metadata → [X] Update file modification time stamp
> when files are modified
> Action:
> Assign or confirm a Person named Tag.
> Issue:
> The file(s) filesystem date-time is changed to now().
> Side remark: don’t you think renaming the setting like “[X] Always preserve
> file modification time stamp” would be better understood ?
> Pierre
> digiKam enthusiast.

Two thoughts on this:
- you say it's the filesystem timestamp that's changed. Afaik, that's not 
under Digikam's control. (I suspect that the configuration option refers to 
dk's database).

- changing a tag which is stored in the file *would* change the file contents, 
so it's normal that the filesystem date/time is changed: it normally reflects 
the last change to the contents of the file, and the filesystem has no 
knowledge of the file's contents.
If, otoh, the tag is *not* stored in the file, the file system timestamp 
should remain the same.

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