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Re: Issue #1256 Preserving timestamps

From: Lieven Govaerts <svnlgo_at_mobsol.be>
Date: 2006-11-02 11:20:14 CET

Greg Rundlett wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> There is an issue #1256 relating to preserving timestamps [1] which has
> been around for a long time, and has even had various patches proposed.
> It is my understanding that Subversion currently lacks support for
> preserving original timestamps of files imported into a project.
>
> This issue is marked as on the roadmap for the next release with the
> status 'NEW' [2]
>
> I'm wondering if anyone is actually working on it, and whether the
> solution will take care of my use case:
>
> I simply want to be able to import an existing filesytem tree (e.g.
> website files) that might have timestamps from a year ago such that when
> I do an svn checkout, I receive any *unmodified since import* files with
> the same mtime as the files that originally went into the project (in
> other words these files are still one year old). I would want to
> correctly show that files *modified since import* show the checkout
> timestamp. That way scripts, file managers or search tools etc. that
> are looking for 'new' files don't get the wrong impression about when
> these files were last modified.
>
> Maybe svn already does what I want and I've misread all the docs.
>
> [1] http://subversion.tigris.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=1256
> [2]
> http://subversion.tigris.org/issues/buglist.cgi?component=subversion&issue_status=NEW&issue_status=STARTED&issue_status=REOPENED&target_milestone=1.5&target_milestone=1.5-consider
>
> Thanks,
>
>
This has come up on the dev list a few weeks ago, it seems that Erik has
plans to start implementing it:
http://svn.haxx.se/dev/archive-2006-09/0492.shtml
http://svn.haxx.se/dev/archive-2006-10/0193.shtml (thread is split up in
the archive)

Check if the proposal in the thread covers your use case, if it doesn't
add it as a reply to that thread.

Note 1: from reading the thread it doesn't look like this is a simple
feature, so don't expect this anytime soon.
Note 2: The fact that the target milestone of the issue is 1.5 doesn't
mean anyone is actively working on it and definitely doesn't mean it's
on the roadmap for 1.5! Look at the history of the ticket and you'll
notice that it has been moved since 1.2, waiting for a decent design
discussion.

hth,

Lieven.

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