Allow the ChangedItem to skip updating the entity's "changed" timestamp when synchronizing (f.e. when migrating)

Created on 28 August 2014, almost 10 years ago
Updated 1 July 2024, 11 days ago


Especially for migrate it would be really useful to be able to copy the old changed time, for example from a note.

After #2428795: Translatable entity 'changed' timestamps are not working at all โ†’ we have a solution for new entities, but we still need a solution for existing entities e.g. currently you can't resave an entity with changes without updating the changed timestamp.

Proposed resolution

Skip the automatic updating when synchronizing entities. Ever since #2985297: Generalize the concept of entity synchronization โ†’ , all entities are synchronizable. And it already provides the exact semantics that we need. Quoting \Drupal\Core\Entity\SynchronizableInterface::isSyncing():

   * Returns whether this entity is being changed as part of a synchronization.
   * If you are writing code that responds to a change in this entity (insert,
   * update, delete, presave, etc.), and your code would result in a change to
   * this entity itself, a configuration change (whether related to this entity,
   * another entity, or non-entity configuration), you need to check and see if
   * this entity change is part of a synchronization process, and skip executing
   * your code if that is the case.
   * For example, \Drupal\node\Entity\NodeType::postSave() adds the default body
   * field to newly created node type configuration entities, which is a
   * configuration change. You would not want this code to run during an import,
   * because imported entities were already given the body field when they were
   * originally created, and the imported configuration includes all of their
   * currently-configured fields. On the other hand,
   * \Drupal\field\Entity\FieldStorageConfig::preSave() and the methods it calls
   * make sure that the storage tables are created or updated for the field
   * storage configuration entity, which is not a configuration change, and it
   * must be done whether due to an import or not. So, the first method should
   * check $entity->isSyncing() and skip executing if it returns TRUE, and the
   * second should not perform this check.
   * @return bool
   *   TRUE if the configuration entity is being created, updated, or deleted
   *   through a synchronization process.
  public function isSyncing();

From #79:

  1. ๐Ÿ‘ 95% of this patch is to ensure everything in ChangedItem is using the time service instead of the REQUEST_TIME global. That is necessary to allow for testability.

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