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Add opt to Never Add Resource Forks to downloads (2 posts)
- Started 8 years ago by Darren_Duncan
- Latest reply 8 years ago from Scott McGuire
While the addition of a 40-50K icon to downloaded files is intended to help some users, I find it extremely irritating.
The primary function of a file transfer program is to get files from A to B intact and with zero changes.
The fact that my small text files are becoming bloated by orders of magnitude with the addition of this resource fork is troubling for my file management practices.
I traditionally do a size comparison and content comparisons between different copies of files to ensure that backups are correct, and superfluous additions like this add a lot of false negatives.
Moreover, if I have 500M of text files, I want them to fit, uncompressed, on one CD, and not have to use 5 CDs instead to fit all those extra icons.
My suggestion is to add a global Fetch preference that suppresses all superfluous modifications or additions to the contents of files when downloading, such as this addition of resource forks.
Perhaps you could name it "Add resource forks to downloads", inspired by GraphicConverter's preference of the same name as to whether it adds the fork to images it displays.
Whether the box is checked or unchecked by default is up to you, but it should be there, and it should *work*. This needs to be a global option too; I don't want to have to suppress forks separately for each file type.
Considering the simplicity to implement and huge value of this option, I hope that you will have it in the very next release, Fetch 5.0.5, and release that ASAP. I'm even willing to test it.
Scott McGuire Administrator
Thanks for the feedback. We are aware of the issue and we're working on improving it for a future release of Fetch.
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