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[Bug-gnulib] Re: glibc utimes glitch with coreutils 'touch'

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: [Bug-gnulib] Re: glibc utimes glitch with coreutils 'touch'
Date: 10 Aug 2003 08:03:34 -0700
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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.

> 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.)

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