Panther’s file synchronization problem: even with Mail

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
December 2nd, 2003 • 2:05 am

I’ve already noted the major problems that have resurfaced in Panther when it comes to keeping directory listings synchronized between applications. But I thought the problem was limited to “non-compliant” applications such as Camino.

Today, I created a new document in Word, and saved it in an existing folder. I then switched to Mail and tried to attach the document to an email message using the “Attach” dialog box. The file wasn’t listed!

It only appeared in the list in Mail once I switched to the Finder and opened the corresponding folder in a Finder window.

This is a major annoyance.

5 Responses to “Panther’s file synchronization problem: even with Mail”

  1. CyberZorn says:

    I had a similar situation today where I had a folder with 4.2 Gigs of stuff in it. I looked through the folder and found one of the internal folders was 3.8 Gigs .. I subsequently moved it to the desktop. Afterward I wanted to see how small the original folder had gotten, did a Get Info and it was still reporting the old size.

    With Panther here at work I’ve also upgraded to Dreamweaver MX 2004. I was very annoyed at it because in 2 days of use it’s lied to me about file existence and/or checked out status at least 4 times. Perhaps it’s 10.3’s fault?

  2. Pierre Igot says:

    It definitely looks like Panther broke some things that were working significantly better in Jaguar. Who knows when they’ll be fixed again.

  3. Dan Farrell Davis says:

    Hello — I’ve encountered exactly the same problem in Jaguar many times (i.e., the Finder being significantly behind the user about the current state of things). Since I’m on a 400Mhz iMac, I always figured it was the machine speed or the number of items I’ve got on the desktop, or the lack of free space on my wimpy 10Gig HD.

    So, think we are experiencing hardware problems, or OS X simply can’t get its back-end up-to-date quickly enough?

  4. Pierre Igot says:

    Well, I remember some problems in Jaguar, but nothing that was that bad. And I’ve been using a dual 1.25 GHz G4 for over a year now, so I don’t think it’s a hardware issue. :-)

    Things have definitely got worse in Panther.

  5. Paul Ingraham says:

    Not just slow machines, not just Panther. I get this on a G4 1.25 running Jaguar. Sometimes I am just amazed at what Finder doesn’t know yet. Other times updating is instantaneous. For instance, I can watch display of mp3 file names change while iTunes is busy reorganizing during modification a bunch of tags. Changes appear to be reflected in the finder instantaneously.

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