How to stop Dolphin from updating access times

Moritz Petersen moritz.petersen at
Wed Apr 7 08:59:15 BST 2021

René J.V. Bertin writes:

> On Sunday April 04 2021 11:45:16 Moritz Petersen wrote:
>>first place. In my (perhaps naive) opinion there should not be 
>>reason for the file to be accessed unless I interact with it's 
>>content in some way.
> Ah, but that's the point: atime is updated because of more 
> actions than mtime. The way I understand it, atime is updated 
> each time you access any file property other than what you need 
> to obtain a basic directory listing (but doing that will update 
> the directory's atime).

Well, a basic directory listing is essentially what I want from 
dolphin, right? You don't need to access a file to know it's size 
and timestamps for example, so I thought maybe dolphin wouldn't 
need to do so to display them. But then again you already need to 
read magic numbers to make sensible assumptions about the type of 
content. Empty files probably weren't the most realistic test 

Looks like atime just isn't as useful as I had hoped it would 
be. I'm going to go for a different solution.

> Do you have the right-hand panel in Dolphin that shows file 
> information, rating, etc? You could disable that, or disable the 
> various info-to-be-shown options one by one and see if (and 
> which) solves your issue. The fact that you see it happen for 
> certain file types but not others suggests Dolphin isn't the one 
> doing the actual accessing, but rather some library it depends 
> on.

No, I do not have that panel enabled. I have also disabled all 
info columns, no change.

Thanks again

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