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retrieve file names back from touch commands for them
This lists all files modified after calling some command using a temporal anchor.
Sometimes you just want to operate on files that were created after specific date. This command consists of 3 commands:
- Create a dummy file with the custom date
- Find all files with "creation time" further than our custom date by using `-newer` find option. Add your crazy stuff here, like moving, deleting, printing, etc.
- Remove the dummy file
tstouch takes two arguments: a filename containing a timestamp, and an extended regular expression with the parenthesized section matching a timestamp of the form YYYYMMDDhhmm or YYYYMMDDhhmm.ss.
It then touches the file with that timestamp.
make a bunch of files with the same permissions, owner, group, and content as a template file
(handy if you have much to do w. .php, .html files or alike)
I'm annoyed by the boilerplate "don't login unless you are supposed messages in our environment" - this shuts them up.
Copies file to a temporary location, edit and set to real file's time stamp then copy back. Assumes access to /tmp and has $EDITOR, but can be replaced with better values.
touch -t 201208211200 first ; touch -t 201208220100 last ;
creates 2 files: first & last, with timestamps that the find command should look between:
201208211200 = 2012-08-21 12:00
201208220100 = 2012-08-22 01:00
then we run find command with "-newer" switch, that finds by comparing timestamp against a reference file:
find /path/to/files/ -newer first ! -newer last
meaning: find any files in /path/to/files that are newer than file "first" and not newer than file "last"
pipe the output of this find command through xargs to a move command:
| xargs -ifile mv -fv file /path/to/destination/
and finally, remove the reference files we created for this operation:
rm first; rm last;
Somehow, i prefer forcing to rm interactively to accidently rm'ing everything...
Modify all files newer than another file and touch them to a specific date.
I simply find binary notation more straightforward to use than octal in this case.
Obviously it is overkill if you just 600 or 700 all of your files...
You could avoid xargs and sed in this case (shorter command and less forking): At least bash and zsh have some mighty string modifiers.
I would also suggest using find with exec option to get more flexibility. You may leave out or include "special" file for example.
Change file time stamp
creates 100 directories f(1-100) with a file in each matched to the directory (/f1/myfile1, .. /f98/myfile98,/f99/myfile99/,/f100/myfile100,etc )
Use the command to create a script and bind it to a key using keyboard shortcut.
Script locks the screen in a loop until the command is executed again.At first it
Example above will recursively find files in current directory created/modified in 2010.
Forces the -i flag on the rm command when using a wildcard delete.