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patch #4448: Provide option for cvs update to preserve commit timestamps.

Submitter:  Derek Robert Price <dprice>
Submitted:  Mon 19 Sep 2005 07:15:13 PM UTC
Category:  None Priority:  5 - Normal
Status:  None Privacy:  Public
Assigned to:  None Open/Closed:  Open
Fixed Release:  None Fixed Feature Release:  None

Mon 19 Sep 2005 07:19:29 PM UTC, comment #1: 

The more I think about this idea, the less I like it.  First, it will almost certainly increase the "CVS doesn't work with make" complaints on info-cvs & bug-cvs, regardless of its status as a command line option.  Second, anyone who really wants this functionality and really knows what they are doing should be able to work around the issue by blowing away their old directories and checking out or exporting again.

I would at the very least like to hear a few use case justifications or I am going to close this issue as "Wont Do" in a week or three.

Derek Robert Price <dprice>
Group administrator
Mon 19 Sep 2005 07:15:13 PM UTC, original submission:  

- Some folks desire an option to 'cvs update' to make the
    time of the updated file be the commit timestamp rather
    than the update timestamp.


I would like to see a command line option for
cvs update to preserve the timestamp of the file
(s) from the repository.  In the newsgroups,
many have asked how to do this, but it is
apparently not possible with the current cvs

Contrary to what many on the newsgroups seem to
believe, people do use CVS for more than just
building projects.  The default behavior of
applying the current time (when the update is
requested) to updated files is good for building
a project with make/Ant, but not so good for
documents and other special cases.  For such
cases it would be preferable to see the files
with their timestamps as of when they were last
committed to CVS.  Particularly with binary
files like MS Word docs, this would make it
easier to tell if a file is different (although
even this is not foolproof).

------- Additional comments from Derek Price Fri Jan 30 13:07:18 -0700 2004 -------

By all means, please submit a patch including a ChangeLog entry, test cases, and documentation in doc/cvs.texinfo, as per the
instructions in the HACKING file!

Derek Robert Price <dprice>
Group administrator


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