Way to retrieve creator-type of OS X files?

Frank D. Engel, Jr. fde101 at fjrhome.net
Thu Sep 16 09:54:11 EDT 2004

Can this be done through AppleScript?  It is platform-specific anyway...

On Sep 16, 2004, at 6:19 AM, Robert Brenstein wrote:

>> I've seen lots of documentation on how to SET creator-types in Mac OS 
>> X for new files that are being downloaded by Revolution, but I'm 
>> having trouble finding the command that will tell you the 
>> file/creator code of a pre-existing file on a Mac OS X hard-drive.  
>> Can anyone tell me what that command  is?
>> For instance, if I've got a Rev app that uploads a series of jpg, 
>> gifs,  psd,
>> illustrator files, etc to a server, I'd like to preserve all those  
>> filetypes
>> when they get downloaded again with Revolution.  I'd like a means  of
>> automating this so I don't have a giant if-then statement of 
>> extensions and
>> creator-codes.
> As far as I know, there is no way to get finder information for a 
> single file within Rev. You can use the detailed files to get this for 
> the whole folder but it is really not optimal if one needs such an 
> info for just a single file in a folder full of hundreds of images.
> Also, if you are concerned about retaining file/creator codes, you 
> could/should retain also other finder info like file labels. 
> Unfortunately, there is no way to get/set them from within Revolution 
> as far as I know.
> Theoretically, you should be able to use Rinaldi's externals GetFInfo 
> and SetFInfo. I say theoretically because GetFInfo causes a hard crash 
> and both Frederic and RunRev folks blame the other (see bug 855). 
> Furthermore, there are no OSX versions of those externals.
> IMHO it would be reasonable to support platform-specific features like 
> these through an external.
> Robert Brenstein
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