Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Sign up Log in
Deleted user
0 / 0 points
badges earned

Your Points Tracker
  • Global
  • Feed

Badge for your thoughts?

You're enrolled in our new beta rewards program. Join our group to get the inside scoop and share your feedback.

Join group
Give the gift of kudos
You have 0 kudos available to give
Who do you want to recognize?
Why do you want to recognize them?
Great job appreciating your peers!
Check back soon to give more kudos.

Past Kudos Given
No kudos given
You haven't given any kudos yet. Share the love above and you'll see it here.

It's not the same without you

Join the community to find out what other Atlassian users are discussing, debating and creating.

Atlassian Community Hero Image Collage

How to lock a time stamp using git

My system fails because of timestamps has been changed. How to to allow Git to lockthe timestamp?

1 answer

1 accepted

4 votes
Answer accepted

Hi @Hemanti Nag ,

Welcome to the community!

What you've stumbled across is one of the fundamental design principles of version control systems. Both Git and Mercurial track content. That is, they only track the file's contents (which is verified by using the SHA-1 of the file). The timestamp of a file is inherently a local attribute. Imagine you move a file from one location to /tmp, then you move it back. The file's contents remain unchanged but its timestamp will be whenever you moved it back.

So, asking to keep file attributes is just not possible with either Git nor Mercurial:

The communities of each version control system will undoubtedly tell you that your build system will need to be changed to accommodate for this. Build systems like are fast and popular solutions, which may work better for you. Furthermore, changing the tools now would break existing build systems including the Linux kernel itself. The topic comes up occasionally, as seen here:

where the project leader himself explains why that's a bad idea.

Like Soumyadeep Mandal likes this

Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
Community showcase
Published in Bitbucket

New improvements to user management in Bitbucket Cloud 👥

Hey Community! We’re willing to wager that quite a few of you not only use Bitbucket, but administer it too. Our team is excited to share that we’ll be releasing improvements throughout this month of...

256 views 2 9
Read article

Community Events

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find an event

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Unfortunately there are no Community Events near you at the moment.

Host an event

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local event. Learn more about Community Events

Events near you