January 25th, 2005



If I save a .csv file from an email attachment to a samba-mounted drive, overwriting a pre-existing file of the same name, it doesn't change the last-updated time for the file.

Quite apart from the general problems of no longer knowing when you last updated something, this means that if your processing script is looking for new updates in order to overwrite the old data with the new, this means the script completely fails to find the 'new' file, since according to its timestamp it is frankly old hat. Which is something of a nuisance.

This behaviour on the part of attachments has started quite randomly -- or rather, as far as I can tell, not due to any action on my part. Does anybody know of any way of persuading it to stop?