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Bug Report: The "svn switch" command updates a files timestamp if the property svn:keywords is set

From: Wolfram, Dirk <Dirk.Wolfram_at_funkwerk-sc.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 18:57:43 +0000

Hi all,

I'd like to file a bug in Subversion 1.9.1 and 1.9.0, but I'm not sure if it's a deliberate behavior.
The problem was not encountered in Subversion 1.7.6, which we used for a long time.
I didn't find anything concerning this issue in the change log.

The "svn switch" command updates a file's timestamp, if the property svn:keywords is set.

Subversion Version: 1.9.1, 1.9.0
svn, version 1.9.1 (r1698128)
   compiled Sep 1 2015, 19:50:43 on x86-microsoft-windows

Operating System: Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1

If a file under subversion control has the property svn:keyword set and is switched to a different location in the repository, the timestamp of the file is updated to the current time.
If svn:keyword is not set, the file's timestamp is not updated.
This problem was not encountered in Subversion 1.7.6 we used for a long time before.
We have a problem with the new behavior, because our build-system (based on gmake) will compile more or less everything, after a tag has been created and the working copy is switched to that tag, because the file timestamps are updated.

To demonstrate the behavior I've built and attached a small Windows batch file (I renamed it test.b_t), you are able to execute simply on every PC. I have attached the output test.txt as well. I've shortened the output of the dir command a little bit, so that only the file date remains. The prompt is set to ':'

To use the batch file, you have to change the switch commands to your specific repository location.
For simplicity, the switch command switches the file to itself. This is sufficient to demonstrate the problem.

1.) File foo.c is created and added to the repository.
2.) No properties have been automatically set.
3.) The files timestamp is shown by dir command
4.) After 1 minute wait the svn switch command is executed - The file date does not change, since svn:keywords is not set.
5.) After another minute the svn:keywords property is set and commited.
6.) After a wait of another minute, the switch command is executed again - the file's timestamp is changed instantly.
7.) After another minute the the svn:keywords are deleted and committed.
8.) After a final wait the switch command is executed again and the timestamp is not changed.

Best Regards,


Funkwerk Engineering GmbH
Dirk Wolfram
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