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Re: Subversion Problem - How to save file modify time?

From: Jan Hendrik <list.jan.hendrik_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 18:33:42 +0200

Concerning Re: Subversion Problem - How to sav
Erik Huelsmann wrote on 11 Jul 2008, 13:38, at least in part:

> Well, it *is* subversion's place to decide which features to support
> and which ones not. It also *is* Subversions obligation to provide you
> with a stable platform which you can depend on. Implementing the
> strictly necessary features is one of the ways of limiting chances at
> instability.

Admitted, and I don't deny the core developers to decide what to
implement or not, they even may decide to turn SVN into a
musicbox or a submarine for that matter, and I certainly don't want
to open the can of arguments once more, but what I don't get is
Why last modified time is harmful, but commit time not. Other
networked implementations rely on the use of a specified
timeserver as well, so running computer clocks should not be an

> If you want tools which have all the features - but get none of them
> exactly right - you can always buy MS software.

For the time being I can do with the workarounds and from time to
time when a reasonable workflow requires it I deliberately break
these workarounds, risking data loss.

At this moment I am not actively testing alternatives, so it might
happen that either the things I find wanting will be implemented
sometime or my need for them goes away by a different
environment (or both as these kind of things are). But I keep an
eye on developments by competitors. Just as I do with Linux:
when finding there finally are true competitors for the chief
applications I use running under Linux I will switch to Linux. Like a
HTML editor that matches Homesite or a word processor or image
editor which don't define themselves for about 50% by JUST NOT
BEING LIKE THE MS/ADOBE PRODUCT. That's not a value of its
own and I gladly state that this is not a notion of Subversion folks.

> If you think Subversion is missing functionality, you can always write
> your own client: Subversion is just a set of libraries; the actual
> code in the SVN client is extremely limited. You could even write your
> own client in another language than C: we have language bindings for
> Java, Python, Perl, Ruby and Scheme and are willing to accept others.

Thanks for reminding me I have no degree from RWTH Aachen!
<G> Seriously I have neither the knowledge nor the time to do that.

Have a fine day!

Jan Hendrik
Freedom quote:

     Many of our fellow citizens no longer have the tolerant souls
     and morals of free men and women.
     They have the souls and morals of busybodies
     and petty tyrants who want to run their neighbors' lives.
               -- Edward L. Hudgins

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