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exiftool REMNANTS/LOG yes or no?
« on: April 09, 2010, 01:51:07 PM »
just wondering if (the standalone version at least) there is any kind of trace left after using exiftool, whether it be hidden or not, or some logfile somewhere (besides windows event viewer) that it was used or more importantly, what was changed, files processed, etc.?

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Re: exiftool REMNANTS/LOG yes or no?
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2010, 03:00:07 PM »
ExifTool does not generate any log files like this.  It does generate some files in your temporary directory the first time it is run, but these are the Perl libraries that exiftool needs to run, and contain no information about which files you processed.

However, it may be possible through a careful analysis of the edited file to determine that exiftool has been used to change some metadata in the file.

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