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RE: SVN respository expiry date

From: Jon Foster <Jon.Foster_at_cabot.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 12:37:38 -0000


Arthur Chan wrote:
> I am requesting SVN checkin time from my previous company.
> However, they told me that SVN only store logs for 3 months
> by default so that all my commit time were lost.

There are 2 different places you can get "commit time" information.

First, there are the logs from Subversion. These are reliable
(no-one apart from the system administrator could forge them). They
are optional - you don't have to generate them. If you do generate
them, then it's up to you to decide how long to store them for. They
can log all activity, including commits, checkouts, and updates.

I suspect the logs are what your company is talking about, and it's
quite plausible for them to be stored for only 3 months.

Secondly, there is the "svn:date" revision property in the
repository. These may or may not be reliable, depending on whether
your repository has a "pre-revprop-change" hook that allows them to
be changed. (By default, they cannot be forged by anyone other than
the system administrator. But if your system administrator
installs a "pre-revprop-change" hook that allows it, then any
committer can change them to any value, without leaving an audit
trail). They are generated automatically by Subversion, you can't
(easily) turn them off. Subversion will store them forever (or
until someone changes or deletes them). These only tell you the
commit time, they won't tell you about checkouts or updates.

Kind regards,


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