Preserving Mac OS X (file system) tags and extended attributes (xattr)
Unless I am missing something, it appears as if OneDrive is not honoring and preserving file system tags (see ) or even extended attributes (see ).
Granted, these features are difficult to maintain over different OS and file system types. But if files and folders are synchronized within the same environment, it is very disturbing, to say the very least, to see this (meta) data simply discarded by OneDrive.
I recently started using OneDrive for syncing files between my Macs, because I am a heavy Office user and have subscribed to MS 365. Office programs work well with OneDrive. So I moved all my ~400 GB of files there - that took many days.
But I'm very much starting to regret that! I have deep folder hierarchies, and the way to stay on top of files in various locations is tags! This functionality is desperately needed!
After using Mac for 7+ years, use of tags in file management is absolute necessity for me. Lack of tags in OneDrive is major incompatibility of Microsoft365 and MacOS..
BTW: This is repeated feedback: https://onedrive.uservoice.com/forums/913519-onedrive-on-ios/suggestions/33247579-mac-os-finder-tags
2015 and still nothing?... recently we change all the cloud data from dropbox to onedrive because we use office365, but now i regret that...
Dropbox works fine with xattr, how difficult could be to improve that on OneDrive
OneDrive could be the king of ios+Macos with this featured
Joshua Bugeja commented
Came in to bring up this point. Thanks for submitting this in such detail.
Worth noting that xattr is supported well in both Linux and macos and seems to be a long term standard part of both those file systems going forward. But there has also been a very long history of NTFS interoperability on metadata via ADS (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS#Alternate_data_streams_.28ADS.29). So why not xattr on OneDrive? It makes this service inviable for non-Windows users
And yes, tags are just a special case of extended attributes.