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Re: Feature request: Keep file dates

From: Scott Palmer <scott_at_digital-rapids.com>
Date: 2005-02-21 15:55:49 CET

On Feb 21, 2005, at 3:47 AM, Ulrich Eckhardt wrote:

> Lars Eirik Mobęk wrote:
>> Files should keep their dates. I can't see the benefit of not doing
>> this.
> When I update my sourcetree to an older version I need all changed
> files to be
> newer than the files they are compiled to. 'make' simply depends on
> this.

Nobody has ever asked to remove the current ability to have fresh file
times. Though the request to allow preserving file times has been
brought up many times. Last Modified time is an important piece of
metadata. I don't understand why there is so much resistance to
*having an option* to preserve it. (In the past when this issue has
been raised the devs seem to insist that catering to 'make' is the only
reasonable thing to do, despite others who provide examples of a
process that requires proper timestamps - apparently they should all
change their workflow because "file times are unreliable".)

To many people last modified time is superior to a "revision number"
because it conveys more familiar information and a little extra detail.
  If Subversion started to 'forget' revision numbers that files were
last modified in (in terms of simply being able to display them) it
would be a huge deal - for some people losing the modification time is
just as disturbing.

Subversion currently preserves other bit of metadata like the
executable permission, even though I'm sure there are many users that
don't need it. I know why it's there, so scripts can be checked out
and are ready to run, for example. But it's still a special case that
is no more valid than preserving any other bit of metadata.

>> We want to check our archive into a subversion repository.
>> Some directories have not been touched since the nineties.
>> This is valuable information to my employees, they can easily
>> sort on the directories in windows explorer to see which directories
>> is old
>> or new. This informations is to my knowledge lost at the time of
>> import.
> "at the time of import", true. Else, the history is stored inside the
> repository. I wonder how difficult it would be to import things
> preserving
> their date in the repository....


If you use TortoiseSVN you can get the "SVN Revision" displayed in the
'details' view. Then you can sort on it. That may help your current


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