Marc Branchaud <> writes:

> My point is that the initial checkout into an empty working directory should
> create all files with the same timestamp.
> Or, to be a bit more precise, whenever git-checkout *creates* files in the
> work dir, *all* the created files should have the *same* timestamp (i.e. the
> current time measured at the start of the checkout's execution, not some
> bizarro other time specified by some arcane heuristic).

My knee-jerk reaction is that it is insane to do so, but what other
SCM does such a thing? Even "tar xf" wouldn't do that, I think.

>> While not including files that can be rebuilt from the source may be
>> the ideal solution, I've seen projects hide rules to rebuild such a
>> "generated but needs special tools to build" and/or a "generated but
>> normal developers do not have any business rebuilding" file (in your
>> case, in their Makefiles from the normal targets (like
>> "make all") for this exact reason, when they choose to distribute
>> such files by including in their commits.
> I prefer to use the third-party code as-is, without hacking it, to have
> smooth upgrades in the future.

Then perhaps take the complaints to that third-party upstream, not
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