SETFILE(1) General Commands Manual SETFILE(1)
/usr/bin/SetFile – set attributes of files and directories (DEPRECATED)
/usr/bin/SetFile [-P] [-a attributes] [-c creator] [-d date] [-m date]
[-t type] file ...
Tools supporting Carbon development, including /usr/bin/SetFile, were
deprecated with Xcode 6.
/usr/bin/SetFile is a tool to set the file attributes on files in an HFS+
directory. It attempts to be similar to the setfile command in MPW. It can
apply rules to more than one file with the options applying to all files
-P Acts on a symlink file instead on the file the symlink resolves to.
-a attributes Sets the file attributes bits where attributes is a string
of case sensitive letters. Each letter corresponds to a file
attribute: an uppercase letter indicates that the attribute
bit is set (1), a lowercase letter indicates that it is not
(0). Note: attributes not specified remain unchanged.
A | a Alias file
B | b Has bundle
C | c Custom icon (allowed on folders)
D | d Located on the desktop (allowed on folders)
E | e Extension is hidden (allowed on folders)
I | i Inited - Finder is aware of this file and has given
it a location in a window. (allowed on folders)
L | l Locked
M | m Shared (can run multiple times)
N | n File has no INIT resource
S | s System file (name locked)
T | t "Stationery Pad" file
V | v Invisible (allowed on folders)
Z | z Busy (allowed on folders)
-c creator Specifies the file's creator, where creator can be a string
of four MacRoman characters, an empty string ('')
designating a null creator, or a binary, decimal, octal, or
hexadecimal number in standard notation (e.g. 0x52486368).
-d date Sets the creation date, where date is a string of the form:
"mm/dd/[yy]yy [hh:mm:[:ss] [AM | PM]]" Notes: Enclose the
string in quotation marks if it contains spaces. The date
must be in the Unix epoch, that is, between 1/1/1970 and
1/18/2038. If the year is provided as a two-digit year, it
is assumed to be in the 21st century and must be from 00
(2000) through 38 (2038).
-m date Sets the modification date where date is a string of the
form in -d above. (mm/dd/[yy]yy [hh:mm:[:ss] [AM | PM]])
-t type Sets the file type, where type can be a string of four
MacRoman characters, an empty string ('') designating a null
type, or a binary, decimal, octal, or hexadecimal number in
standard notation (e.g. 0x55455955).
0 attributes set
1 syntax error
2 any other error
This command line sets the modification date of "myFile":
SetFile -m "8/4/2001 16:13" myFile
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