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RE: Keeping last-modified dates

From: Gavin Lambert <gavinl_at_compacsort.com>
Date: 2006-08-29 09:16:00 CEST

Quoth Andrew Webb <mailto:andrew.microi@gmail.com>:
> Speaking generally, I feel that any system that stores or
> transmits or otherwise deals with files should honour the
> contract of last-modified times. I.e. the time on a file
> should be the last time its contents were changed. The fact
> that I can import files into SVN and then export them and
> lose that information seems wrong and unnecessary. To be
> honest it's created a bad first impression, and I will have
> to check with colleagues that this is lack is OK and that we
> all still want to go ahead with Subversion. In all other
> aspects Subversion seems excellent, and lives up to its
> glowing reputation.

When you 'svn export', you are creating new files, which, naturally
enough, have both creation and modification dates set to the time
they're created. Where's the problem?

Uploading/downloading files from FTP or web servers results in the same
behaviour. Even copy/move on the local OS can sometimes do the same

Modification dates are fairly useless as a measure of anything
interesting. It doesn't take a lot to make a file change its date.

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