Why does mp3tag read in hidden files?


#1

I had a need to perform an operation today on about half of the directories in a CD sized folder. I set the hidden attribute on the ones that didn't need help, but they were read in anyway. Then I looked for an option to ignore hidden files and couldn't find one. Am I missing something here? I could of course make the files read-only and ignore the errors, but that is not nearly as clean as never loading them in the first place.

I haven't been here in a long time, no need as the product has steadily improved, but I recall this unwanted behavior having been there as long as I can remember.


#2

This is not an option either because of another unconventional behavior. If you tell mp3tag to respect the read-only status of a file when making changes then any changes to following files that do not have their read-only attribute set are also discarded! There appear to be only two ways to work around this. The first is by working around any directories/files you don't want to touch inside the GUI. The second is pretty drastic: Move the files you don't want to work on to a temporary non-sub directory. It's really only an issue with a large number of files. Another solution would be to allow the selection of multiple directories. I'm surprised that the functionality still isn't there.


#3

The next version will both address the issue with the confirmation dialog regarding read-only files and the selection of multiple directories.

Stay tuned!


#4

Thank you Florian! I have been waiting for years to see file selection available in mp3tag. v2.37b is a major step forward.


#5

I also wish mp3tag to ignore hidden files. Marking my hidden files as read only is not an option. Do you anticipate that this functionality will be implemented soon?