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Re: cvs commit: apr/test testfileinfo.c

From: Russell Yanofsky <rey4_at_columbia.edu>
Date: 2003-07-10 07:13:35 CEST

Branko Cibej wrote:
> Oh, by the way: lying about the modification time of a directory is
> generally not a good idea, and it's not something "make" is
> interested in. Let's think carefully about what we want to achieve
> here before starting to change directory mtimes.
> ...
> It's simple with files, not so simple with directories -- as we've
> found
> to our detriment (remember all the ghurson problems).

I tried searching back for ghudson/directory timestamp posts, but couldn't find
anything. Do you remember (generally) what the problems were about?

I can't imagine why there would be any problem. Why would an OS implement a
function to set an arbitrary directory time if it couldn't actually handle
arbitrary directory times? And if ubiquitous tools like 'tar' and 'touch' can
set directory times freely, why can't 'svn export'?

I think it would be a mistake to treat file times differently than directory
times without some specific reason for doing so.

- Russ

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