(cc-ing msysgit list, where there are more Windows-knowledgeable people)
yun sheng wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 9:40 AM, Jonathan Nieder <jrnie...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> yun sheng wrote:

>>> these two files have the same timestamp, the same size, bug slightly
>>> different contents.
>> How did they get the same timestamp?
>> [...]
>>> Git I'm using is msysgit 1.9.0 on windows 7
>> Unixy operating systems have other fields like inode number and ctime
>> that make it possible to notice that a file might have been changed
>> without actually rereading it.  Unfortunately Git for Windows is
>> limited to what's in the WIN32_FILE_ATTRIBUTE_DATA which means the
>> size, mtime, and mode are basically all it has to go by.
>> Do you know of some other Windows API call that could help?
> The files get the same timestamp by using `git difftool -d` to view
> diffs, the diff tool I use id beyond compare 3, this command would
> generate temp files to feed the compare program, so these files get
> the same time stamp, I copied them out from the temp folder.
> I have no idea of the second quesiton, I am really not familiar with
> windows API. Do you mean this file may have been changed without
> rereading and git can't detect it?

Sorry for the lack of clarity.  I meant that normally git detects when
a file might have been changed without actually reading the file.  To
do this, it uses heuristics like "If all file attributes are
unchanged, the file is unchanged" which tend to work well on Unix.  My
question was whether there's some similar trick that could work better
on Windows than the current code.

For example, if some interested person ports something like Facebook's
watchman[1] to Windows[2], then Git could take advantage of that work
using something like Duy's file-watcher series[3], which would be one
way to fix this problem.


[1] https://github.com/facebook/watchman
[2] using FindFirstChangeNotification and ReadDirectoryChangesW, perhaps
[3] http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.version-control.git/240339/focus=241395>
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