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Timestamps / keeping last-modified dates

From: Steve Fairhead <steve_at_fivetrees.com>
Date: 2006-08-29 14:40:09 CEST

Warning: experienced developer, but svn n00b. (Who has searched the
archives, seen plenty of dancing around re this issue, but no solution.)

Simple version: is there now/yet a way of preserving the original file
timestamps (not commit time, not checkout time, but last edit/changed time)
when committing a bunch of changes?

Longer version: for all sorts of good reasons, the last-modified timestamp
of a file is an important piece of information that is being lost, it seems.
I've read the rationale behind the commit-time thang, but I happen to not
agree with it - or at least, it seems to me that such arguable behaviour
should be configurable. Personally, I need that last-edited/built time. It
matters to me. Consider me old-fashioned.

Blunt version: if svn can't preserve timestamps, it's doing less for me than
a fileserver and the bunch of tar/zip/whatever files I have now. Sadly, it's
of no use to me - yet. I shall have to resume my lonely [1], forlorn search
for the One True VCS...

Ok. I'm missing something obvious, right? I must be; this is fairly
fundamental, and I don't believe svn can possibly be so b0rked in such a
basic way - it's glorious in so many other ways.

Cluestick invited. (And makefiles aren't it - one could argue just as hard
for timestamps to be preserved *because* of makefiles.)

(Environments: OpenBSD mostly, but Tortoise on Windows XP workstations too.)

[1] Well, perhaps not that lonely. Seems this is a common problem/request.


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