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Re: Concerns with modifying system time?

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2008c_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 13:42:22 -0500

On Sep 23, 2008, at 12:39 PM, Brandon Humphrey wrote:

> I have recently noticed that the system time on our Subversion
> server is a few minutes off (~3 minutes fast). Id like to fix the
> time by syncing with an internal date server, and configuring ntpd
> to keep it in sync.

Excellent idea!

> We are running Subversion 1.4.3 on Slackware 11.
> Is there anything I need to be concerned with when performing the
> initial sync?

If anybody commits new revisions in the ~3 minutes after you sync,
the revisions will appear to be chronologically out of order, which
will make the "-r{date}" revision syntax not work. You can either do
your time sync at a time when nobody will be committing, or tell
people not to commit until the clock catches up to where it was, or
retroactively fix the revisions' dates so they're still chronological
(svn propedit --revprop -r 123 svn:date). Or, if you never use the "-r
{date}" syntax then you don't need to worry about it at all.

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Received on 2008-09-23 20:42:49 CEST

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