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RE: CVS timestamps

From: Matthew Berney
Subject: RE: CVS timestamps
Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2000 12:50:57 -0700

I find it hard to believe that a tool that works across multiple timezones
does not support a way to localize the timestamps?  Why not use the TZ
environment variable?  This is pretty standard isn't it?  It would be nice
to have the timestamps in the repository actually match our local time.


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Subject: Re: CVS timestamps

Noel K writes:
> I am having the problem with the CVS timestamps being off by several 
> hours. I did a search and read through many of the threads on this 
> subject, so I know that CVS stores the time in GMT (or UTC - by the 
> way, is UTC the European equivalent term for GMT?)

Not quite; UTC is the modern, official International Standard time that
roughly corresponds to the old de-facto standard that was GMT.  Now, GMT
is just a civil time used in the UK (like Eastern Time or Pacific Time
in the USA) that has been redefined as UTC.  For more details, see

> What I need to know is how to fix this so that the timestamp in the 
> CVS repository is the local time, not the GMT. 

It's not broken, so there's nothing to fix.  Keeping track of times in
UTC is the only practical way for CVS to support developers in different
time zones.

-Larry Jones

I think grown-ups just ACT like they know what they're doing. -- Calvin

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