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Re: glibc utimes glitch with coreutils 'touch'

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: glibc utimes glitch with coreutils 'touch'
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2003 17:06:56 +0200

Paul Eggert <address@hidden> wrote:
> Jim Meyering <address@hidden> writes:
>> What problem arises in coreutils if we don't detect/work-around
>> that difference?
> For example, 'touch -r A B', 'cp -p A B', etc. could set B's timestamp
> to be in the future; this could give 'make' conniptions.

Oh, of course.  That would be nasty indeed.

>> I think that the bug in glibc won't end up lasting long
>> enough to make it onto a significant number of systems.
>> And for those users who are progressive (or maybe reckless :-) enough
>> that they get a losing glibc, I think it's reasonable to expect
>> them to upgrade pretty quickly to a version with the fix.
> OK, let's assume this for now.  (Yay!  It's less work.)

I implemented it for coreutils and checked it in a couple hours ago.

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