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Re: Keeping last-modified dates

From: Henk Wissink <HenkWissink_at_Boschman.NL>
Date: 2006-08-29 16:03:54 CEST


recently, I started the thread "How to convert specially set-up subdir tree into svn" to call for help on a few topics
of which one was to avoid loosing implicit information (like date/time stamps) in the process of filling a new svn
repository with the contents of my somewhat specially constructed version control directory tree I used for 15 years.

Now I see in new threads that there are more people concerned about the loss of that information. But for this
'makefile' issue I would like to bring up the following.
Let us say you check out a file dated 2 weeks ago. You build the whole thing from scratch. Later you 'update' your
working copy and that particular file is replaced by one dated 1 week ago. Although it is newer than your originally
checked-out file, it is still older than your derivative files created during the 'makeall' build process. So I think it
is not enough to simply have the last modified dates assigned by subversion to checked-out files. And assuring that the
next (selective) build will include that file is of no concern to subversion. Right?
(BTW: that is no issue for me personally: our projects are not that big and the computers quite fast so we always
rebuild the entire project.)

Best regards,
Henk Wissink

Andrew Webb wrote:
> As Steve Fairhead says in a recent, related thread: "one could
> argue just as hard for timestamps to be preserved *because* of
> makefiles".

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