Committing to a Git repository using custom dates

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Occasionally I want to create a Git repository for some ancient piece of code in my SVN repository. As I haven't had any luck in exporting parts of my giant mono repository, I tend to just grab the lowest folder, initialise a new git repository and commit. But if I do that, then everything is tagged with the current timestamp, which is definitely not what I want for code that I haven't touched in years.

Fortunately Git allows you to force the dates when you commit. Not so fortunately, the way of doing it isn't obvious (not to mention Git has two different date systems) and so whenever I want to do it, I've forgotten the specifics and need to look it up. This post serves as a reminder for myself rather than a more informative post for general use.

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