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

From: Anders J. Munch <ajm_at_flonidan.dk>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 10:07:15 +0200

Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> I wrote:
> >
> > The "make argument" is flawed. Read my 2008-06-10 posting
> >
> http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.version-control.subversion
> .user/77803
> Interesting! I agree that 'make' is old and lame. But given that
> it's still ubiquitous: what's the harm in supporting it?

None. But there are at least two things that can be done about that.
The first is the obvious one: make timestamp-preservation optional.

Secondly, even with timestamp-preservation enabled, we can still give
make some help. The thing is, the problem only occurs when files are
backdated. Which means it should be detectable: Whenever an update
caused a file timestamp to go back in time, Subversion could warn the
user that a clean build might be required. At least the GUI clients
could do that; I don't know how well the concept of a warning fits
with the command-line client.

regards, Anders

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