Posted Jul 29, 2010 23:46 UTC (Thu) by giraffedata
In reply to: ctime
Parent article: File creation times
The provision I quoted applies to end users. It also prohibits distribution of those adaptations:
OK, I'll bite. The reason is that they use the modification time as a version indication of the content of the file, not of the file per se. I found that I most often want mtime to be the former, so many years ago I changed "cp" to an alias that preserves mtime, and I have been much happier since. I use mtimes in manual processes a lot.
Of course, I get bitten the reverse way sometimes.
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