Store timestamp of game save directory by default

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britishwhite
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Store timestamp of game save directory by default

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Hi by default Game Save Manager (3.1.507) stores only the save files the timestamps like Created and Modified. When restoring, also the ones from backup are taken.

But for directories not the source timestamps are stored but the timestamps during the backup.

It would be great if you also store the timestamps of Game save directories by default. Please also store the nanoseconds if NTFS is used as file system. NTFS supports 100 nanoseconds.
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InsaneMatt
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Re: Store timestamp of game save directory by default

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This is a tricky thing to achieve, especially within the 3x branch.
A directory's timestamp can be changed by changing any data inside of it. I'm sure there's some tools you can run that'll collect the "most recent" timestamp used for files stored within a directory and apply it to the containing folder.

It's achievable within GSM, but the performance issues alone would make it not worth it (again, in the 3x branch at least).
britishwhite
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Re: Store timestamp of game save directory by default

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InsaneMatt wrote: 17 Jul 2022, 20:54 This is a tricky thing to achieve, especially within the 3x branch.
A directory's timestamp can be changed by changing any data inside of it. I'm sure there's some tools you can run that'll collect the "most recent" timestamp used for files stored within a directory and apply it to the containing folder.

It's achievable within GSM, but the performance issues alone would make it not worth it (again, in the 3x branch at least).
According to my test, GSM stores the Created and Modified time for save file.

For directories always the current "process" time. If now in the source directory the save file is updated then only Modified time for the source directory is updated, but not Created time.

Therefore it would be very good if you can store Created and Modified for directory, if in version 3.x not planned. Then in version 4.x.

Another question what are you planning in version 4.x? Is there a new design that looks more symmetrical, improved the clarity and maybe some on/off options and more like Windows 11 design or Microsoft Fluent design?
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