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Re: RFC: timestamps/sleep

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_newton.ch.collab.net>
Date: 2003-02-13 17:51:15 CET

Philip Martin <philip@codematters.co.uk> writes:
> I think setting the timestamps will involve additional writes to the
> disk. If so these are likely to be undesirable as the additional IO
> will slow down the operation. While this will be offset by avoiding
> the sleep, it will make the operation more expensive to the system as
> a whole. It will penalise you if you are trying to do anything else
> on the disk while running the Subversion command, it will penalise
> multiuser systems, network filesystems, etc. In general it would be
> "selfish" of Subversion to operate this way if it could avoid it.

Yes, very! If Subversion changes timestamps, many editors will notice
and tell you that the file has changed on disk. Emacs will ask you if
you want to reload... Very annoying, and likely to cause people to
accidentally lose their buffer-local changes.

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Received on Thu Feb 13 18:23:26 2003

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