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Re: Enable timestamps in diff.gz?

On Sun, Jul 20, 2003 at 03:14:34PM -0500, Adam Heath wrote:
> On Sun, 20 Jul 2003, Denis Barbier wrote:
> > I do not see your point, how could a format change be less intrusive
> > than adding timestamps?
> > Here is a patch to let dpkg-source honor timestamps, in case it
> > generates such diff.gz one day.
> The problem is old, already installed versions of dpkg-source will
> barf on such formats.  However, they won't barf if the format version
> is changed, they'll just abort.

There's another option: make dpkg-source set timestamps on all modified
files to be exactly the same (say the time at which dpkg-source started
patching) when unpacking. I suggested this approach in bug #105750,
although the title of the bug has been changed to imply putting
timestamps in the diff instead.

I believe this should be quite easy, and it would be

> Besides, there are several plans for a new format, so why do this
> incompatible thing, when a new version is not far off?

Can you offer more information expanding "not far off"? The best
impression I can get from dpkg CVS, package uploads, and bug activity is
that dpkg development has all but stalled.


Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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