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  • When will the File Modified Date be fixed in TFS to keep the date/time when it was last edited (before checkin)?

    Brian Harry blogged back on Sep 1, 2011:

    Restore file modification time

    When TFS gets files on to your local disk, it always sets the file modification time to the date/time that the get operation happened.  There are some work practices where this is problematic.  Some practices use the date stamp on the file for incremental deployment or other kinds of change management.  SourceSafe had 3 options for setting the time stamp on files:

    1. The time the file is gotten (this was the default and works very well in concert with make and other similar build dependency trackers).
    2. The modification time that the file had when it was last edited before checkin.
    3. The date/time that the file was checked in.

    TFS 2010 and before only supported option #1.  In TFS 11, we have added support for option #3.  It can be set on a workspace by workspace basis.  We plan to add support for #2 in the future but haven’t gotten there yet.

    This TFS request has been asked in many forums and blogs by many people since TFS was first released in 2008.  It is a feature that continues to prevent me from using TFS... 


    Objects - first class citizens: identity, public interfaces and the authority for their own behaviour and state

    Friday, October 18, 2013 2:24 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Thanks for reporting the issue. And just as Brian Harry mentioned in the blog, our product team plan to support this feature, however it is not available now.

    If you think this feature is very important to you, you can consider openning one feature request on the Microsoft UserVoice site: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio Our product team members will evaluate it very carefully.

    Thanks again for reporting it.


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    Monday, October 21, 2013 3:25 AM
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  • Hi,

    Thanks for reporting the issue. And just as Brian Harry mentioned in the blog, our product team plan to support this feature, however it is not available now.

    If you think this feature is very important to you, you can consider openning one feature request on the Microsoft UserVoice site: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio Our product team members will evaluate it very carefully.

    Thanks again for reporting it.


    We are trying to better understand customer views on social support experience, so your participation in this interview project would be greatly appreciated if you have time. Thanks for helping make community forums a great place. Click HERE to participate the survey. Thanks!

    Monday, October 21, 2013 3:25 AM
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  • If you read the forums, you will soon see this isn't the first time this TFS request has been asked for.

    This missing TFS feature has frequently been requested beginning in 2008 when TFS was first released.

    For any Source Control application, this is a pretty basic requirement.  As such, even Microsoft's prior product Visual Source control (VSS) had this feature.  The VSS team obviously identified it as a needed feature and implemented it as such.  I'm not sure why the TFS team would provide a replacement product without meeting all of the basic feature set of the application its supposed to be deprecating.

    Not implementing such a basic requirement for source control in the TFS initial release, or even 5 years after, seems to speak of a problem in this team's ability to understand its application's needs and priorities or in their competency in getting it done.

    Again, if you search the internet on terms for "TFS Modified Date" you will see that there are a lot of developers stunned that this feature is still missing from the TFS product.  If you see how often this item is requested, commented on and viewed in the forums, then you can be the judge on how much this issue is needed and what grade the TFS Team should get on their ability to deliver on such basic functionality.

    Best Regards


    Objects - first class citizens: identity, public interfaces and the authority for their own behaviour and state

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013 3:22 PM
  • Hi,

    Yes, I have to be agree with you that your requirement is very important. And I have reported it to our senior engineers via the UserVoice channel: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/4847537-get-tfs-version-controlled-files-with-the-modifica 

    Thanks.


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    Thursday, October 31, 2013 2:36 AM
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  • Any update on this issue?  A link to a support issue or some way to track this?  It just isn't acceptable to say "We are trying to better understand customer views" and then ignore an issue.
    Wednesday, January 29, 2014 2:12 PM
  • How 'bout now?
    Monday, October 9, 2017 2:31 PM