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Bug#417637: apt: policy: timestamps

Package: apt
Severity: minor

$ dlocate -L apt|xargs ls -tdog|sed /^d/d
Shows apt apparently doesn't follow policy:

4.7. Time Stamps

     Maintainers should preserve the modification times of the upstream
     source files in a package, as far as is reasonably possible.[1]

[1]  The rationale is that there is some information conveyed by knowing
     the age of the file, for example, you could recognize that some
     documentation is very old by looking at the modification time, so it
     would be nice if the modification time of the upstream source would be

At least if a file has not changed, then its timestamp should not look
new, upstream or not.

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