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touch



touch

 [

options

] [

date

] 

files

For one or more files , update the access time and modification time (and dates) to the current time and date, or update to the optional date . date is a date and time in the format mmddhhmm [yy]. touch is useful in forcing other commands to handle files a certain way; e.g., the operation of make , and sometimes find , relies on a file's access and modification time.

Options

-a

Update only the access time.

-c

Do not create nonexistent files.

-m

Update only the modification time.


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