anonymous_monk, I could not get that code to work. The Time-Piece was not available in the repositories PPM checked. I tried with File-Stat and got several PM dependency messages.
I apologize for not using these facilities as I should sometimes. My lack of experience is showing.
I tried reversing the file order in the diagnostics. The stat 9 values for both tests were still the values of the file not in the staging directory, in this case now the 2nd file in the diagnostic order. I don't seem to be able to see the file in the staging area.