The Archive attribute is one of the original DOS file attribute flags (along with Hidden, System and Read-only).
The Archive attribute is set whenever a file changes (needs to be backed up), and cleared whenever a backup program successfully backs up the file. Beyond Compare sets the attribute on an edited file, or on the copy of a file when it is copied to a network or local drive. DOS attributes including Archive are not supported on FTP servers.
Beyond Compare does not act like a backup program. It does not clear the Archive attribute on a file after successfully copying it to another location.
Beyond Compare 3.0.0 through 3.0.11 have incorrect Archive attribute behavior in two situations:
- Copying files from an FTP server to a local or network drive. The copied file will not have the Archive attribute set. Other versions of Beyond Compare behave correctly and set the Archive attribute in this situation.
- Saving read-only files. If the Keep read-only flag is checked, the saved file will not have the Archive attribute set.