This is similar to the last post in this forum. I want to know exactly how ikiwiki remembers the times associated with pages, especially when using it for blogging, so I know whether I can trust it or not. From that last thread, I think what ikiwiki does is this:
The created time of a file is when that file was first committed into the versioning repository (in my case git)
--getctimeit used, yes. In normal operation, when new files are added, ikiwiki sets the creation time to the ctime of the file on disk, rather than bothering to ask the VCS. --Joey
The modified time of a file is what that file was last updated in the repository
Almost right, the modified time is actually taken from the modification time of the file in disk. --Joey
And with a blog, by default, the posts are ordered by creation time, although an option can order them by modified time.
Okay. So this should mean that the times are safe if, for example, I delete my working copy and then clone another one from the bare git repository, or otherwise mess up the creation times and mtimes stored as file metadata on the filesystem.
Do I have it right?
Some VCS, like git, set the file mtimes to the current time when making a new checkout, so they will be lost if you do that. The creation times can be retrived using the
Thanks for the clarification. I ran some tests of my own to make sure I understand it right, and I'm satisfied that the order of posts in my blog can be retrieved from the VCS using the
--getctimeoption, at least if I choose to order my posts by creation time rather than modification time. But I now know that I can't rely on page modification times in ikiwiki as these can be lost permanently.
Update: It's now renamed to
--gettime, and pulls both the creation and modification times. Also, per auto getctime on fresh build, this is now done automatically the first time ikiwiki builds a srcdir. So, no need to worry about this any more! --Joey
I would suggest that there should at least be a
--getmtimeoption like you describe, and perhaps that
--getmtimebe on by default. In my opinion the creation times and modification times of pages in ikiwiki are part of the user's content and are important to protect, because the user may be relying on them, especially if they use blogging or lists of recently modified pages, etc. Right now the modification times can be lost permanently.
Is there a typo in the description of
--getctimein the man page?
--getctime Pull last changed time for each new page out of the revision control system. This rarely used option provides a way to get the real creation times of items in weblogs, such as when build‐ ing a wiki from a new Subversion checkout. It is unoptimised and quite slow. It is best used with --rebuild, to force ikiwiki to get the ctime for all pages.
Surely it is not the last changed time but the first seen time of each page that is pulled out of the VCS? If the aim is to get the real creation times of items in weblogs, then the last times that the items were changed in the VCS is not going to help. -- seanh
Typo, fixed. --Joey
That's a good tip Jon. That would also survive renaming a page by renaming its mdwn file, which would normally lose the times also. (And in that case I think both times are irretrievable, even by
--getctime). I might start using a simple script to make blog posts that creates a file for me, puts today's date in the file as a meta, and opens the file in my editor. -- seanh
I use a script that does that and also sets up templates and tags for a new item:
#!/bin/sh set -u set -e if [ $# -ne 1 ]; then echo usage: $0 pagename >&2 exit 1 fi pagename="$1" if [ -e "$pagename" ]; then echo error: "$pagename" exists >&2 exit 1 fi date=$(date) echo '[[!template id=draft]]' >> "$pagename" echo "[[!meta date=\"$date\"]]" >> "$pagename" echo "[[!tag draft]]" >> "$pagename" git add "$pagename" $EDITOR "$pagename"