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backup your files in tar archive + timestamp of backup
If you have a logfile where some lines start with timestamps like "2014-05-01 12:34:56,123" but other lines are missing the timestamp (like stack traces or object dumps), then use this script to copy the most recent timestamp to any lines that are missing it.
This is useful for merging log files, since you can then safely sort by timestamp to merge the files.
Sometimes when copying files from one place to another, the timestamps get lost. Maybe you forgot to add a flag to preserve timestamps in your copy command. You're sure the files are exactly the same in both locations, but the timestamps of the files in the new home are wrong and you need them to match the source.
Using this command, you will get a shell script (/tmp/retime.sh) than you can move to the new location and just execute - it will change the timestamps on all the files and directories to their previous values. Make sure you're in the right directory when you launch it, otherwise all the touch commands will create new zero-length files with those names. Since find's output includes "." it will also change the timestamp of the current directory.
Ideally rsync would be the way to handle this - since it only sends changes by default, there would be relatively little network traffic resulting. But rsync has to read the entire file contents on both sides to be sure no bytes have changed, potentially causing a huge amount of local disk I/O on each side. This could be a problem if your files are large. My approach avoids all the comparison I/O. I've seen comments that rsync with the "--size-only" and "--times" options should do this also, but it didn't seem to do what I wanted in my test. With my approach you can review/edit the output commands before running them, so you can tell exactly what will happen.
The "tee" command both displays the output on the screen for your review, AND saves it to the file /tmp/retime.sh.
Credit: got this idea from Stone's answer at http://serverfault.com/questions/344731/rsync-copying-over-timestamps-only?rq=1, and combined it into one line.
Find out the earliest installation time of a linux system by getting the / filesystem creation time. This example is only valid the os is installed on an ext2/3/4 filesystem.
It remove the square bracket and convert UNIX time to human readable time for all line of a stream (or file).
Change file time stamp
The same with colors
For Solaris to obtain the same as:
date+%s like in linux
atime and mtime timestamps of $FILE2 is changed according to the ones of $FILE1. If $FILE2 doesn't exist is created.