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file date/time stamp question.

From: <a.steenveld_at_id.umcn.nl>
Date: 2006-03-20 16:51:48 CET


I've started to use svn recently but bumped into some problems related to
date/time stamps. What I want might be impossible. Anyway I can't find out
in the documentation, FAQ or this lists archive records.

Per default svn changes date/time stamps on import, checkout and update
in a way that, strictly spoken, is not needed.
Im using the time stamp for some other purposes as well and I would like
to preserve the original time stamp, if possible. (For instance, on some
files from external sources, there is a version number but it is seldom
used. The source will refer to 'file xxx with date/time stamp yyy')

I don't think that svn has a need to change the timestamps. The combination
of revision number with date/time stamp is unique and ordered, also in the
case if the timestamp of revision x+1 is before the timestamp of revison x.
(First sort on revision numer then sort on date/time stamp, all calculations
are just a bit more complicated compared sorting on 'only' the timestamp).

Tracking local changes of files by date/timestamp is still possible on base
of the date/time stamp only. The local actions of svn can compare it with
the date/time stamp in the .svn administrative area.

Is there a way to configure svn in such a way that it keeps the original
date/time stamps? If so, how? If not, is this a design limitation of svn?

Kind regards,

Andre Steenveld, Progammer.
UMCN St Radboud, Nijmegen. http://www.umcn.nl
The Netherlands.


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