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Re: Keeping last-modified dates

From: Erik Huelsmann <ehuels_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-08-29 18:59:36 CEST

On 8/29/06, Mike Brenner <mikeb@mitre.org> wrote:
> Excellent points, Ian. However, they assume that
> you stay in the development environment past
> the coding stage and throughout the testing and
> deployment stage.
> My example of testing involved
> making a cold start, i.e., recompiling
> all the files from scratch on a clean disk,
> in order to begin a fully configured test.
> As part of that process we check off the
> modified date of each file, to enhance
> the security that svn gives that it
> designates a copy of the correct file.
> Similarly, for certain non-developmental,
> never-changing files that get configured
> in order to include them in the final product,
> changing the date makes it very wierd
> to say this file bears today's date,
> but I promise you, no one has modified
> it in the last 5 years.

Only MD5 sums can - to some extent - tell you that. "Because it looks
like it never changed, you must assume it never changed" is harder to
sell to someone with *some* ICT experience than "Because it looks like
it changed, I can assure you it didn't: here MD5 sums"...



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