DETERMINING USER ACTIONS IN OS X BASED ON QUICKLOOK THUMBNAIL CACHE DATABASE ENTRIES

2014 Issues in Information Systems  
The purpose of this study was to document the structure of the index.sqlite file associated with the QuickLook Thumbnail Cache in OS X, and test and confirm how and when entries are created in this database. Using OS X version 10.8.4 (Mountain Lion.), the structure of the database was analyzed and the information stored in fields was interpreted based on entries corresponding to known files. A new account was created, actions were documented, and the results of those actions on the database
more » ... on the database were reviewed. Many features in the OS X Graphical User Interface (GUI) generate thumbnails or previews of files. This article will provide a brief overview of the OS X GUI, as well as the results of the study designed to confirm which GUI features result in database entries. The end goal is to make accurate statements about a user's actions in the OS X GUI based on information contained in the database.
doi:10.48009/2_iis_2014_421-430 fatcat:tp57cqdvszfn3ekqxpewb2gbmm