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Re: original timestamp preservation

From: Peter McNab <mcnab_p_at_melbpc.org.au>
Date: 2005-06-29 03:14:18 CEST

Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:

> This question keeps coming up, over and over, in both IRC and the
> users@ list:
> When I import a project into subversion, why aren't the original
> timestamps being preserved?
> A lot of newbies are surprised. Some are frustrated and throw insults
> at the project. And to make things worse, the answers they get back
> are mixed.
Maybe a compromise would satisfy a number of folk, like me.

I inherited two large code bases, (over 2000 source files and hundreds
of binary data files) with no recourse to the originating team.
The only historic information available was contained in the last
modified date-time stamp for each file.
On import the whole historic perspective is lost.

It would be really, really, helpful if the original date-time stamps
could be preserved at the point of importing them into a their new
There-after, the most meaningful time is of course the commit time.

Thanks for the opportunity to comment.


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