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Re: Repo cpnversion progress report

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Repo cpnversion progress report
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:05:49 -0800
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Eric S. Raymond wrote:
I'm not real happy about the action stamps being so long as it is.

How about a POSIX timestamp rather than an ISO 8601 string? "address@hidden", for example, instead of "2014-01-31T21:44:address@hidden". Although it's just 9 characters difference, the savings add up when you're trying to read a screenful of these things.

The ISO 8601 string is not that readable, nor does it match the localtime clock of committer, so it's a bit of a magic cookie anyway.

As I understand it the first glimmer of Emacs in RMS's eye was circa 1972, so even if we magically resurrected his original code the timestamps would never need to be negative. We could say that time-since-1970 is "Emacs time".

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