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Get path creation date missing from Automation Tasks

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It’s intentional. Unix systems don’t keep track of creation time, though ctime is often confused with it. What macOS shows with a Get Info is kept separate and it is indeed possible to retrieve that info, thought it requires the Developer Tools to be installed. However, even then the creation time can be modified, even by accident. Edit a file with vim and by default its creation time will change to the date of saving. Thus it’s not possible to get a reliable creation time.


All that said, I’ll make a note to reevaluate this on a future release of Automation Tasks.


Use a Run Script with default settings and stat -f '%B' "${1}" as the code and let me know if it’s good for your use case.

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