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Re: Is there really no way to keep the file modification time intact?

From: Matt Sickler <crazyfordynamite_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-02-26 21:44:08 CET

Sorry if I sound ignorant, but what does it really matter about the
modification time of a file?
What tools use it and why?

On 2/26/07, Frans Knibbe <frans@geodan.nl> wrote:
> Hello,
> I have seen the subject pass by a few times in this list: subversion
> changes the file (modification) time to the commit time when you put a
> file in the repository. It is not possible to override this behaviour. I
> think is a fundamental problem with subversion. Whether I copy the file
> to another location, or compress it in an archive, or put it in a
> subversion repository, the time the file was last modified should not
> change. In other words: I think subversion should not tamper with files
> it stores. I want my files to come back exactly like they were when I
> put them in the repository. And that includes the time of the last
> modification.
> Now I have found that this problem is already an offcial issue. Its
> number is 1256
> (http://subversion.tigris.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=1256). But the
> issue has remained unresolved for a long time. I see it has now been
> postponed to version 1.5. I do hope this bug really gets solved soon.
> But I really can not wait for version 1.5. My organization is moving
> from another source control system to SVN and I have to write an
> importer. As it is now, it seems that all the files in the repository
> will wind up with the file time set to the moment they are handled by
> the importer. That means that a lot of useful and maybe vital
> information will get lost.
> Does anyone know of a way to put files in a subversion repository with
> the file time intact?
> Regards,
> Frans
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Received on Mon Feb 26 21:44:34 2007

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