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On Sunday 06 December 2009 14:05:59 Ulrich Mueller wrote:
> The spec first proposed was along the lines "mtime is updated if
> (and only if) the package manager modifies the file" , but the
> Paludis party raised objections that this was not specific enough.
> But see below about "common sense".
It's not specific enough because it gives the implementer no way of knowing
which files don't require preservation, and therefore, which are safe to
modify without preserving the mtime. Common sense doesn't come into it.