Issue SVN-4767: svnadmin dump shouldn't canonicalize svn:date
From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_apache.org>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2018 12:04:23 +0100
Running tests with the '--dump-load-cross-check' option revealed a minor discrepancy between the dump files produced by 'svnadmin dump' and 'svnrdump dump' in some test cases.
"svnadmin dump" "canonicalizes" each svn:date revprop while dumping, in the function write_revision_record().
This seems to have been done in r842390 in order to upgrade from pre-0.14 repository format to the new timestamp format introduced in 0.14 -- see issue SVN-614 "DAV:creationdate needs to be an ISO8601 date". svn_time_from_cstring() reads either new or old format, and then svn_time_to_cstring() writes the new format.
However, this does not only convert old to new format, but could also make textual changes to the string if the revprop value is not already canonical. Dump should carefully output exactly what is in the repository and not gratuitously change it. In retrospect, such a transformation should have been done during "svnadmin load" instead of in "dump".
While "svnadmin dump" makes this transformation, "svnrdump dump" and "svndumpfilter" do not. This could lead to unintended differences in dump output depending on which tool is used. (I made some progress in unifying the output logic for those three dump producers a couple of years ago, but I left this part alone because I did not know what to do with it.)
The discrepancy I noticed above comes from prop_tests.py 41 and 42 which explicitly propset svn:date to a value such as '2015-01-01T00:00:00.0Z'. "svnadmin dump" was munging this non-canonical value on output, which meant it was not a true dump. (Whether a non-canonical format should have been allowed into the repository in the first place is a separate issue.)
Therefore I will remove this code path. It even has a comment saying "### Remove this when it is no longer needed for sure" which referred to being needed for pre-0.14 upgrades. We definitely no longer need that.
-- - JulianReceived on 2018-07-31 13:04:31 CEST
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