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[patch #4448] Provide option for cvs update to preserve commit timestamp

From: Derek Robert Price
Subject: [patch #4448] Provide option for cvs update to preserve commit timestamps.
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 19:15:15 +0000
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                 Summary: Provide option for cvs update to preserve commit
                 Project: Concurrent Versions System
            Submitted by: dprice
            Submitted on: Mon 09/19/05 at 19:15
                Category: None
                Priority: 5 - Normal
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
             Assigned to: None
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             Open/Closed: Open
           Fixed Release: None
   Fixed Feature Release: None



- 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.

>From https://ccvs.cvshome.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=150:

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,
sanity.sh test cases, and documentation in doc/cvs.texinfo, as per the
instructions in the HACKING file!


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