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Comprehensive summary of Mac Metadata System
I found a great article that someone, who I am not sure, is compiling on OSX/Apple metadata that is beyond comprehensive, not an Apple TechDoc and easy to read/understand. Since many of these topics come up, it seemed like a useful pointer.

The premise is that it seems that not all metadata is archived by every archiving tool available for Mac OS X, and tools that claim to be able to archive a piece of metadata may not do so with full fidelity.

[crarko adds: There's a lot of good stuff in the article; it's better you go read it for yourself (over at the Google Code Wiki). There are also some experimental results included. It's a great find.]
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Comprehensive summary of Mac Metadata
Authored by: da2357 on Mar 14, '11 09:48:44AM

Excellent linked article. Thank you!



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Fantastic!
Authored by: lullabud on Mar 14, '11 12:30:38PM

I immediately found answers to some metadata questions I've had. Thanks!



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Comprehensive summary of Mac Metadata
Authored by: negritude on Mar 14, '11 01:49:37PM

Proper credit should be given to the original articles that sparked people's interest in the issue of backup software and metadata integrity:

The State of Backup and Cloning Tools under Mac OS X
http://blog.plasticsfuture.org/2006/03/05/the-state-of-backup-and-cloning-tools-under-mac-os-x/

Mac Backup Software Harmful
http://blog.plasticsfuture.org/2006/04/23/mac-backup-software-harmful/

Introducing Backup-Bouncer
http://www.n8gray.org/blog/2007/04/27/introducing-backup-bouncer/

Carbon Copy Cloner and Data Fidelity
http://www.bombich.com/groups/ccc/wiki/6ca3d/



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