[OS X TeX] Re: Save date-time, not Print date

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Sat Jan 6 10:15:55 EST 2007

Victor Ivrii wrote:

> On 1/6/07, Alain Schremmer <Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Paul Smyth wrote:
>> > Why not just hard-code the date in the document?
>> Because
>> Errare humanum est.
>> Specifically, I would forget to put the date in when I thought I was
>> done, I would forget to take it out/change it when making a later
>> change, etc. It would be a complete mess. That's why I like computers.
>> They are dependably dumb.
> I am not sure why one needs to know the date when foo.tex was modified
> (and actually this is given by either UNIX ls -l or just Mac OS info)
> unless it is a milestone. But if it is a milestone (say draft-3) I
> would save it under the name foo-draft-3_2007_01_06.tex and never edit
> again.

Surely you missed

B. Towards the begining of the thread, Kock wrote: "In my opinion, the 
\date command in latex is not particularly useful: often it is quite 
uninteresting and confusing to know when the dvi or pdf file was 
compiled -- the interesting bit of info really is the time the source 
file was last modified. For example if you find an old tex file on your 
hard disc and compile it, it will get today's date stamp, even though 
the file was last modified several years ago" which is exactly the issue 
as far as I am concerned.


------------------------- Helpful Info -------------------------
Mac-TeX Website: http://www.esm.psu.edu/mac-tex/
TeX FAQ: http://www.tex.ac.uk/faq
List Archive: http://tug.org/pipermail/macostex-archives/
List Reminders & Etiquette: http://www.esm.psu.edu/mac-tex/list/

More information about the MacOSX-TeX mailing list