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Re: Daylight Saving Time

From: Oliver Betz <list_ob_at_gmx.net>
Date: 2006-11-22 16:20:50 CET

Erik Huelsmann wrote:


> > > Subversion itself does not have any DST/UTC calculations. For those
> > > calculations, it depends on the C runtime library available on your
> > > platform. In case of Linux, that would normally mean glibc. In case of
> >
> > which is broken (real stupid thing happened...), see
> >
> > http://search.cpan.org/~shay/Win32-UTCFileTime-1.45/lib/Win32/UTCFileTime.pm#BACKGROUND_REFERENCE
> > or http://www.codeproject.com/datetime/dstbugs.asp

sorry, these links didn't describe the real problem very clearly.

And Jonathan Gilligan followed partly the same "non UTC centric"
thinking causing all this trouble. IMO ist's the correct behaviour
that DIR (or ls or whatever) shows a different time between DST and
non-DST periods.

> After reading the latter link, which says that Windows is broken for
> timestamps on files, I understand the problem is confined to FAT
> drives.

The problem with FAT files is that they don't know (can't know) the
timezone the refer to, so you never can know their UTC time. One
should avoid FAT where file creation or modification times are
important. I don't want even to think about the best handling of FAT
file times.

> But Subversion as things stand, is already broken on FAT
> drives, but works fine on NTFS. This all means that Subversion won't
> suffer any of the problems described. Am I right?

Maybe no: the problem is that stat() is broken in Microsoft C when
you want to get the UTC mtime of a file. IIRC, you get the wrong time
if the file is in DST and the system time is not or vice versa.

I don't know whether subversion for Win32 uses stat() and whether
it's compiled with the broken MS C.

Win32 API calls should work.


Oliver Betz, Muenchen
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