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Re: Subversion erase original date of files ??

From: Max Bowsher <maxb_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2004-09-17 00:49:46 CEST

Franck.fd.Dupuy@alcatel.fr wrote:
> Thanks for your answer Mark, but : OMG :(
> This is a major issue for our project, and I believe, a major issue for a
> proper use of subversion in the wintel world.

Careful with the sweeping generalizations, please.

The current behaviour of subversion is the optimum for 'make'-built software
projects - a fairly common scenario.

> As these files have not been modified by the development process, we were
> expecting their "creation date" will be kept safe.
>
> Beside the fact that the hotfix process is impacted by the modification of
> the date of the files, the whole replication process (diffusion of the
> master thought the WAN onto different sites) is impacted : Because ALL all
> the files seems to have changed for the replication tools (wich is using
> date of files to make a delta of files to replicate).

If you were to use the procedure described here:
http://subversion.tigris.org/project_faq.html#in-place-import

then the timestamp of the existing files (not directories, though) would not
be changed when adding them to to the repository. This might be sufficient,
if the replication process only ever needs to source itself from a single
particular working copy.

A better solution, though, would be to build the changed-files list based on
the changed-paths output of "svn log -vq" for a suitable range of revisions.

Max.

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