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Re: Can we find a better idiom for unversioned packages?

From: Leo Famulari
Subject: Re: Can we find a better idiom for unversioned packages?
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2021 12:51:58 -0400

On Wed, Sep 01, 2021 at 06:50:36PM +0200, Xinglu Chen wrote:
> With the former, I can quickly see that the version is from 2021-01-31,
> whereas with the latter, I would have to either find the VCS repo online
> or go to my local checkout of it and browse the logs.
> > Commit dates don't have a consistent meaning: are they the time of
> > first revision of a commit? Final revision of a commit? Time of
> > signing? Pushing? They are often useful to estimate a timeline, but
> > it's common for a Git "timeline" to jump back and forth by months or a
> > year due to long-running development branches being merged in, or due
> > to a "commit and then polish by rebasing" workflow.
> I would say the the time of the final commit would be the best option,
> but I agree that it can be ambiguous.

My point was that Git does not provide you a timestamp to use for this.
There are multiple timestamps embedded into Git commits and none of them
reflect anything meaningful.

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