Custom Desktop Folders

Mike Bonner bonnmike at
Thu Apr 16 11:04:40 EDT 2015

If you set things with livecode, then hit f5 to refresh, (after creating
the file,setting the attrib..) does it update, and then show the icon?
Also, I did a quick search, you might be able to do this using vbscript.
Also also.. *grin*  It looks like XP needs the system attribute set, and
others need the hidden attribute set.
Finally, to SET an attribute, use +  To remove it use -  so it would be
attrib +hs path/to/file

On Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 3:00 PM, Ray <ray at> wrote:

> Klaus - thanks for the idea.  Just to check my method of concatenation,
> the exact command I'm using is:
>       get shell("attrib -HSA "&desktopIniPath&"")   -- where
> desktopIniPath is the path to the file
> It doesn't work and I see no change in the file's Attributes, Type or
> Size.  Livecode returns nothing in the result.
> Several other oddities I've neglected to mention; if I manually set a
> folder's icon (in the Properties window) I can then get Livecode to work as
> expected as long as I delete the folder I manually set and re-create it in
> Livecode (same name, same path).  Seems like something's going on with the
> registry.  Also, after creating the desktop.ini file from within Livecode I
> can /see /the file on the desktop even though I've got "Don't show hidden
> files, folder or drives" checked in Folder Options.  If the system creates
> the desktop.ini file it's hidden.
> On 4/16/2015 10:37 AM, Klaus major-k wrote:
>> Hi Ray,
>>  Am 16.04.2015 um 21:57 schrieb Ray <ray at>:
>>> Mike,
>>> I've been wrestling with this again this morning and I'm unable to get
>>> the icon to display at all, let alone concern myself with paths.
>>> I'm using revCopyFolder to create the folder I want by duplicating an
>>> existing folder with the .ico file in it.  RevCopyFolder duplicates the
>>> folder to another location and it includes the .ico file in the folder but
>>> it excludes the dektop.ini file.  I can create one from within Livecode but
>>> it doesn't work.  I can see why, too.  If I right-click it, choose
>>> Properties and go to the Details tab I can see that the Desktop.ini file I
>>> made in Livecode has Attributes of "A" while the one Windows 8.1 make (when
>>> I manually set a folder icon in the folder's properties window) has
>>> Attributes of "HSA".  Sounds like some sort of housing authority:)
>>> I've tried using RevCopyFile to duplicate the Desktop.ini file with the
>>> proper attributes to my new folder but it also fails.  Evidently Windows
>>> 8.1 blocks this, even though there's no other Desktop.ini file present yet.
>>> So at this point I'm stuck unless I can find some way within Livecode to
>>> set the Attributes of the Desktop.ini file I create to "HSA".
>>> Any ideas?
>> can’t you use something like (out of my head!):
>> ...
>> get shell("attrib -HSA path/to/inifile.ini“)
>> Best
>> Klaus
>> --
>> Klaus Major
>> klaus at
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