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Re: file modifications get lost due to FAT 2s time resolution

From: Ben Reser <ben_at_reser.org>
Date: 2004-07-15 18:34:01 CEST

On Thu, Jul 15, 2004 at 02:22:46PM +0200, Sven Mueller wrote:
> Actually, this is not completely true. The cygwin compile of SVN works
> quite fine on Windows 98 (at least 98SecondEdition onwards). And that OS
> does not deprecate FAT (VFAT/FAT32) at all, in fact it doesn't support
> any other file system.

Windows 98, 98 SE, and ME are all at the end of their offical support
lifetime. Microsoft extended critical security bug fix support and paid
support until June 30th, 2006. If you're on these systems you should be
looking to replace them. So I consider these platforms deprecated.


Addtionally the fix is going to require a great deal of effort because
all of the acceptable fixes do not fit within our code as it is designed
now. While we could increase the sleep time to 2.1 seconds that's not
really an acceptable solution.

However, people on Windows do have reasonable workarounds:

a) Don't script subversion without adding sleeps.

b) Compile their own version with a 2 second sleep.

I'll also point out that no developer so far has argued that this should
block any release. I set this to 2.0 which means it will block that
release. I.E. the redesign of the wc will not be complete unless we fix
this issue.

Finally, everyone should remember that putting this in a 2.0 milestone
doesn't mean someone won't decide to do it sooner. It means that in
mine and some of the other developers opinions that this is something we
want to have fixed before 2.0.

People willing to try fixing this without starting over on the wc are
welcome to. We'll evaluate the patch. If it is technically competent
and complies with our compatability gurantees we'll apply it.

Ben Reser <ben@reser.org>
"Conscience is the inner voice which warns us somebody may be looking."
- H.L. Mencken
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