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Issue #4162: make svn status fix timestamp mismatches in meta-data

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:03:13 +0100

Markus Schaber wrote (in thread "controversial issues in the tracker"):

> * 4162 make svn status fix timestamp mismatches in meta-data
> http://subversion.tigris.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=4162
> The controversial issue here is whether it is a good idea to have "svn
> status" modify the meta data - until now, it intentionally only has a
> read-only lock on the working copy, and changing that may have compatibility
> side effects.
> Currently, correcting the metadata for files with updated timestamps (but
> unmodified content) is only available as a side-effect of other commands
> (update, cleanup, etc.) which all have other side-effects.
> Thus, alternative solutions may be to pass an option to status which explicitly
> allows modification of the meta data, or create a command (or option to svn
> cleanup) which only fixes the timestamps without other side effects.
> My personal suggestion is to add a flag to svn status.

I'm with Stefan Sperling: the user doesn't want to know or care about this. It's just caching. We don't need another flag or command or explicit action to control it. Subversion should simply update the metadata.

I don't know exactly how to do it, but I think it should be done.

- Julian
Received on 2014-06-23 10:03:46 CEST

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