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

From: Frans Knibbe <frans_at_geodan.nl>
Date: 2007-03-01 16:06:08 CET

Erik Huelsmann wrote:

I think this would probably the best way to handle the file modification
time. Define a new reserved property, something like
svn:modification-time and have it automatically set on commits.

This is what the proposal was about. I suggest the following action:

- I attach the proposal to issue #1256
That seems like a good idea anyway.
- everybody who is interested can add his/her username to the CC list
I have just added mine.
- after an 8-week data-collection period, we can come back to this
list and discuss the design again with those interested (including
those on the issue CC list)
- when the discussion comes to a conclusion, it'll the proposal may
need adjusting
- after adjusting, we'll want to find people wanting (to help) to
implement the change (I'll have at most time to help coordinate)
For me personally it is not important if the issue will be resolved in the future. I am making a migration module now, and I think after all our stuff has been moved to Subversion the problem is not that grave any more. The problem is that I migrate all files at the same time, so all revisions will show to have been created at (more or less) the same time. I want a file that was edited and committed in July 2004 in our current code repository to be  listed  as  committed in July 2004 in  Subversion.  Later on, there may be small differences between the modification time of a file and the commit time, but I don't think that will be much of a problem.

I think my migration problem may be overlooked as a user requirement for this issue. But this migration problem might just as well be helped if there was a switch like --time to the svn commit command, making it possible to do a commit at another time than the system time. But since there is no current issue for that change, I fixed my attention on issue 1256 :-)


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