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RE: How to tell CVS that it should use the proper date/time

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: How to tell CVS that it should use the proper date/time
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2004 15:12:28 -0400

address@hidden wrote:
> >I'm not sure I follow this. How would using the timestamp of the file
> >instead of the time of checkin break make?
> The problem is that the CVS doesn't guarantee that the files 
> are copied
> into the workspace in the same order in which they were 
> checked in.  So
> for derived files like and that might be checked in
> (these might be bad examples, but you know what I mean), 
> unpleasant things
> can happen if their timestamps come out in the wrong order.
I think I was unclear - I meant the timestamp that the file had before it
was checked in, not the timestamp of the file when it was checked out. I
*think* that's what the OP was looking for.

In other words, if I last modified the file on June 30, and checked it in on
July 1, currently when you check out the file, CVS will set its timestamp to
the check-in time of July 1. If, instead, CVS set its time to the last
modified time of June 30, how would that break make?

Jim Hyslop
Senior Software Designer
Leitch Technology International Inc. (
Columnist, C/C++ Users Journal (

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