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Re: Feature request: Keep file dates

From: Steve Greenland <steveg_at_lsli.com>
Date: 2005-02-24 16:28:06 CET

On Thu, Feb 24, 2005 at 03:38:20PM +0100, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
> This wouldn't help our case. We are a web design shop, creating web
> sites for many different clients. Often PDFs or other content which is
> supposed to appear on the web site will come directly from the client
> by email.

Then you've already lost the modtime. All you have is when you extracted
from the e-mail message. (Shouldn't documents like this have embedded
version numbers or timestamps anyway?)

In previous discussions I argued that using modtimes as any indication
of version is inherently unreliable and therefore useless. I still
believe so, but I've come across a case where it would be useful to have
modtime preserved by subversion: the autocrap tools go fscking *nuts*
if modtimes get out of sequence. When tracking a third party source,
I've got no interest in regenerating all the configure.* and Makefile.*
stuff. And since the autocrap tools change incompatibly with every
release, I've got no chance of actually regenerating what was in the
upstream tarball anyway. (I understand that there are ways around this,
but it requires that upstream have done the right things; by the time I
get it, it's too late.)

So preserving modtimes, at least on the import->checkout sequence, would
be useful.


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about Exchange Server next.
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