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Static StacksStacks have gotten their share of bad press. Many users aren’t happy with the dynamic icon that changes on the stack as its contents change. One solution is to sort the stack by modification date and post-date the icon file you always want to see on the face of your stack in the dock.

Murphy is using a set of icons found through a post on TUAW. These particular icons come post-dated to 2010, which makes it a safe bet your selection will be the most recently modified file in your stack.  Watch the screencast to see how Murphy made his stack.

If you have a different file you want to use the touch command can be employed to update the modification date. All of this information can be found at the same place Murphy found the icons. Here’s an example of how you would use the touch command:

touch -mt 202001010101.01 " name of icon file "

The above command assumes you’re in the directory the file resides in. Note the string of numbers is actually a time and date.

Murphy uses a stack to launch applications he uses frequently, but not frequently enough to reside on the Dock. Sometimes he launches from Terminal too. And the Leopard changes to Spotlight make it a more convenient app launcher too.

So – what do you think? Is there any hope for Stacks?

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3 comments to “Static Stack Icon”

  1. hello…
    this command touch -mt 202001010101.01 ” name of icon file ” generate new file do not change date my folder icon :(



  2. Did you change into the directory holding the file you want to touch first? If you didn’t, you need the path to the file in addition to the name.

    You replace everything in the quotes with the name of the file you’re trying to use the touch command on. If you type the first few letters of the file name and hit tab it should autocomplete the file name, reducing the chance of typo.

    I just tried it and it worked for me….

    Also, the command you listed just changes the modification date of a file. You also need your stack set to sort by modification date. Hold the mouse button down while pointing at the stack. You’ll get a choice to sort. Sort by mod date.

    Good luck!

  3. yo murphy

    i know it’s not a mac, but what do you think of the eee pc ?


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