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Author Topic: IDEA: Modify Creation Timestamp for Files/Folders Alphabetically  (Read 6527 times)


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Lately I've been getting into the homebrew scene with my Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS.

A strange thing I've noticed in particular with Wii Homebrew is that files and folders are often sorted by the creation date instead of alphabetically. So if I happen to copy over TyrianWii before Asteroids, then Asteroids is on the bottom.

So what I would like is an application that will just modify the creation dates and timestamp of files and folders to get them to sort alphabetically.

Required features:

1) It should handle both directories and individual files.
2) Ideally it should recurse subdirectories. Or make it very easy to navigate a file system and sort all folders & files in a certain directory.

I've heard of something for linux or possibly mac called a Poke that would change the date, but I'm not sure what it is or how it works, and I'm on Windows XP, so it's not an option for me.
« Last Edit: May 28, 2008, 01:23 AM by Deozaan »


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JoTo has pointed out to me this thread Rename Files with Incremental Timestamp which seems to address the same problem. I didn't realize it was a problem with SD cards. I thought the file browser libraries for homebrew were just set up funny.


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You can do this with AHK (FileSetTime)

set up to loop through your files and/or folders with incremental changes...


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Here's a quick and dirty AHK tool. Only files, no folders. Hope it's still useful. Just drag the files on the GUI.

#SingleInstance force

Appname = Sort and TimeStamp files
GuiText = Drag files here...
Idle = Ready...
Work = Working....

Menu,Tray,Add,%appname% &close,GuiClose

Gui +AlwaysOnTop +Owner
Gui, Font, S10 CDefault, Verdana
Gui, Add, Text, x16 y17 w250 h30, %GuiText%
Gui, Font, S08 CDefault, Verdana
Gui, Add, StatusBar,,%idle%
Gui, Show, x297 y258 h65 w250,%appname%


Loop, parse, A_GuiControlEvent, `n
If TheList=
TheList = %A_LoopField%
TheList = %TheList%`n%A_LoopField%

sort, TheList
zeit := a_now

Loop, parse, TheList,`n
zeit := zeit +1