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Re: cvs log and UTC

From: Derek Robert Price
Subject: Re: cvs log and UTC
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 20:03:28 -0500
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Mark D. Baushke wrote:

> In fact, I suggest that movement to ISO 8601 format for output would be
> desirable. That is,
>     ISO 8601 format "yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss -0000"
> vs
>     cvs log's format of 'yyyy/mm/dd hh:mm:ss'

[I corrected the ISO 8691 format in the above quote.]

It's only a matter of replacing the slashes (`/') with dashes (`-'), so
that change should be pretty straightforward too.

> a bigger question is if that change should also go into things like $Id$
> and other RCS keyword expansion strings...

Got me here.  I tend to avoid RCS keywords as much as possible.  I know
that they are useful via the `ident' command, but that is supposed to be
human readable, I think.  Even if it is intended to be machine readable,
I would say standards would be better.  What do other people think?

> I suspect this may depend on how extensive the changes are with regard
> to keyword expansion and what the user community feels should happen.

Granted, but the compatibility flag could be attached to lots of
commands.  Hrm.  I think that when I wrote stable/feature up somewhere,
I proposed that deprecated features be deprecated for an entire stable
release regardless.  I don't recall where.  My memory just got it
confused this pass.

Regardless, when we're just talking about rewriting scripts using CVS
output to parse _more standard_ dates, I personally don't consider the
change drastic or the effects catastrophic.  In the long run it would
certainly be a good thing.

> If we are opening the hood on timestamp changes, we probably want to get
> a good look at all the places that timestamps are used and make sure we
> understand how it relates to this change.

By all means, look.  :)  What I've heard so far sounds pretty good.

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