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Re: meaning of "Automatic date update in" commits

On Thu, 21 Sep 2017, Matt Rice wrote:

> option A. seems to be using git smudge/filter to on checkout populate
> the using a smudge rule, and then filtering it out using a
> filter,
>               acting much like the RCS keywords...
>   pros: no extra commit stuff at all
>   cons: requires setting up git config stuff in the repository for
> executing the smudge/filter rules on checkout
>            this should likely be checked by the configure process e.g.
> configure should produce an error telling the user to enable the
> smudge/filter rules
>           when the version is $Date$ rather an actual date...

I don't think there should be anything that requires people to check out 
in a special way, or to configure their checkouts specially, rather than 
just using "git clone" and a subsequent build.  Generic tools such as 
build bots may have generic knowledge of how to check out and update git 
checkouts; they should not need binutils-specific extras to that 

Joseph S. Myers

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