[tex-live] ctan->tl updates caught up

Philip TAYLOR P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk
Fri Aug 3 14:53:42 CEST 2012

Zdenek Wagner wrote:
 > If tar writes the file (at least in Linux), last modified and created
 > are set automatically to the same value, ie to the time when it was
 > written (more precisely to the time when the file was closed). In the
 > next step the time created is set to the time when the original file
 > was created (that time is written in the tar archive).

OK, so that is the point that I had until this time failed to 
appreciate.  I can see some logic in it, but unless there is
already universal acceptance that "time created" is "time
originally created", not "time created in current location",
then I would argue that both positions are defensible.  But
that is neither here nor there : it is the actual behaviour
of TAR that matter, not its behaviour in an alternative universe.
All is now clear, but it would be interesting to know if
(a) there is a switch in TAR to tell it to omit this step; and
(b) whether ZIP behaves in the same way.

** Phil.

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