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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <wr...@rowe-clan.net>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Adding an apr_utime() function
Date Thu, 14 Mar 2002 20:29:06 GMT
Before anyone even _considers_ polluting the API [which would
raise an instant veto from me] we have to finally address the create
time issue on non-Unix.  Then we can get such a patch committed
to fit this resolution of this issue..

Unix has ctime, mtime and atime.  How often will we change all three
at once, or do we want to change a single requested time-at-a-time?
In this way, non-unixes that don't support ctime could return the
APR_ENOTSUPP error when the user calls to change ctime, but would
succeed on changing mtime or atime.

On that note, nearly all real platforms [that is _very_ tounge in cheek,
folks] track the file creation time.  It's being abused as ctime, but Unix
ctime is certainly not file creation time.

Shall we add crtime to track the file creation timestamp, and mark ctime
as not present on all the non-unix platforms, while marking crtime as
invalid on win32?  That means we grow apr_stat_t by one time value
[8 bytes or so] but I don't see that as a 'bad thing.'  APR_FTYPE_CRTIME
would be added to the possible .valid flags.


At 12:53 PM 3/14/2002, you wrote:
>"Robert Simonson" <simo@us.ibm.com> writes:
> > This patch adds apr_utime() to the APR.  I did this against the unix
> > directories.
>A missing piece for unix is detecting the presence of utime.h and
>setting the utimeh variable.  I think you just need to add utime.h to
>the APR_FLAG_HEADERS invocation in configure.in, then add an
>AC_SUBST(utimeh) invocation with the rest of them.
> > I don't know how this affects (if at all) other platforms.
>If somebody cares they will implement; if not, then it will be missing
>until somebody starts caring.  I wonder if a feature test macro is
>needed.  Initially we'd need to set APR_HAVE_UTIME_H to 0 in apr.hw
>(Win32) and apr.hnw (Netware).
>As far as the name apr_utime():
>   no freakin' way :)  I'd suggest something like apr_file_time_set().
>As far as which times to set (atime, ctime, mtime):
>   I don't care about ctime either.  I wonder if anybody else cares.
>As far as how to specify those times:
>   I'd vote for separate parameters instead of stuffing them in a
>   structure.  I don't see the benefit to the structure.
>Jeff Trawick | trawick@attglobal.net
>Born in Roswell... married an alien...

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