messes with file access time when performing backups

Bug #836077 reported by Jonathan Wiltshire
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Back In Time
backintime (Debian)
backintime (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

From Debian report:

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From: Julian Gilbey <email address hidden>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <email address hidden>
Subject: Bug#639537: backintime: messes with file access time when performing
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Reply-To: Julian Gilbey <email address hidden>, <email address hidden>
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Package: backintime-gnome Version: 1.0.8-1 Severity: normal

When backintime performs a backup, it does not preserve the file
access time. This means that mailbox-checking programs, such as mutt,
lose the information as to when the mailbox was last actually read.
I would recommend that backintime does something like
  orig_times = os.stat(file)
  [perform whichever actions required on file]
  os.utime(file, (orig_times.st_atime, orig_times.st_mtime))

whenever it needs to read a file for backup purposes.


affects: ubuntu → backintime (Ubuntu)
Changed in backintime (Debian):
status: Unknown → Confirmed
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