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Set access and modification timestamps of a file using another one as reference

Terminal - Set access and modification timestamps of a file using another one as reference
touch -r "$FILE1" "$FILE2"
2009-10-21 13:53:59
User: kobayashison
Functions: touch
Set access and modification timestamps of a file using another one as reference

atime and mtime timestamps of $FILE2 is changed according to the ones of $FILE1. If $FILE2 doesn't exist is created.


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That looks like hard work. What's wrong with:

touch -r "$FILE1" "$FILE2"
Comment by flatcap 443 weeks and 1 day ago

I didn't noticed.... Thank you!

Comment by kobayashison 443 weeks and 1 day ago

The command is awesome, but it does not have to do with "creation timestamp". There is not such a thing: http://www.unix.com/tips-tutorials/20526-mtime-ctime-atime.html

What this command copies are the atime, ctime and mtime -> access and modification timestamps.

Please change the title accordingly :)

Thanks for the command!

Comment by FiloSottile 263 weeks and 3 days ago

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