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Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: March 2014
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NAME

touch – change file timestamps
 

SYNOPSIS

touch

[OPTION]… FILE
 

DESCRIPTION

Update the access and modification times of each FILE to the current time.

A FILE argument that does not exist is created empty, unless -c or -h
is supplied.

A FILE argument string of – is handled specially and causes touch to
change the times of the file associated with standard output.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.


-a

change only the access time
-c, –no-create

do not create any files
-d, –date=STRING

parse STRING and use it instead of current time
-f

(ignored)
-h, –no-dereference

affect each symbolic link instead of any referenced
file (useful only on systems that can change the
timestamps of a symlink)
-m

change only the modification time
-r, –reference=FILE

use this file’s times instead of current time
-t STAMP

use [[CC]YY]MMDDhhmm[.ss] instead of current time
–time=WORD

change the specified time:
WORD is access, atime, or use: equivalent to -a
WORD is modify or mtime: equivalent to -m
–help

display this help and exit
–version

output version information and exit

Note that the -d and -t options accept different time-date formats.
 

DATE STRING

The –date=STRING is a mostly free format human readable date string
such as "Sun, 29 Feb 2004 16:21:42 -0800" or "2004-02-29 16:21:42" or
even "next Thursday". A date string may contain items indicating
calendar date, time of day, time zone, day of week, relative time,
relative date, and numbers. An empty string indicates the beginning
of the day. The date string format is more complex than is easily
documented here but is fully described in the info documentation.
 

AUTHOR

Written by Paul Rubin, Arnold Robbins, Jim Kingdon,
David MacKenzie, and Randy Smith.
 

REPORTING BUGS

Report touch bugs to [email protected]

GNU coreutils home page: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>

General help using GNU software: <http://www.gnu.org/gethelp/>

Report touch translation bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>
 

COPYRIGHT

Copyright © 2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.

This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
 

SEE ALSO

The full documentation for
touch

is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the
info

and
touch

programs are properly installed at your site, the command



info coreutils ‘touch invocation’


should give you access to the complete manual.



 

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NAME

SYNOPSIS

DESCRIPTION

DATE STRING

AUTHOR

REPORTING BUGS

COPYRIGHT

SEE ALSO



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