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Re: Subversion erase original date of files ??

From: Steve Greenland <steveg_at_lsli.com>
Date: 2004-09-18 19:50:04 CEST

On Fri, Sep 17, 2004 at 09:18:40PM -0400, Scott Palmer wrote:
> On Sep 17, 2004, at 5:05 PM, Steve Greenland wrote:
> But it is precisely the fault of Subversion an other software to
> *preserve* the timestamps that causes this very problem!!!!!

It's not just "broken" software. It's people who do funny things with
copy commands. It's file transfers via 99 different mechanisms. It's
incorrectly set clocks. The list goes on and on. And even if it is only
"broken" software, there are so many tools that don't preserve mod dates
that solving the problem in one of them doesn't help.

Okay, in a perfect world, they might be fine. But it's not, and it's
not going to be any time soon, so (IMO) pretending that the timestamps
mean anything w.r.t version just causes pain. If you really can't set
a version resource somewhere in the file, then 'md5sum filename' is
not much harder to type than 'ls -l filename', and a whole lot more

> >[1] If anyone cares: 15+ years of development and support work on a
> >variety of machines from DOS to OpenVMS (where each file had, IIRC, *4*
> >timestamps, each updated in various known but baroquely complicated
> >circumstances.)
> I've got you beat by almost 5 years. :)

And you still believe timestamps? :-) Well, all I can say is our
experiences differ.


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about Exchange Server next.
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