View Full Version : File 'Archives' attributes meaning

04-12-2001, 08:10 AM
Easy to work out, read-only, hidden, system but why and what is 'Archives' a old files?
Not sure if going to be used again?

Lick stupidity, ask a stupid question
'In God we trust; all others must provide data.'

We need more names, apart from Tab =
how about
P Nis
Terry Bill
Richard Principal
Helen Pee
Hay You
Sandy Sure
Pees Seymour

04-12-2001, 11:56 AM
Quite simple. It is an attribute used in archiving.

The bit is set when the file is written to. An archive programme (or even a copying programme e.g. xcopy) *can* be set to archive only files with the bit set, and then turn off the bit.

This means that archives can be 'incremental' -- backing up only files changed or created after the previous

Of course, you do a cycle of a full atchive, then a week or month of daily incrementals.

It was more important with small archive media, but even now, with 650MB on a CD, you need a few to archive a full 20GB disk. It gets worse if you have a farm of them.