14 April 2009

touch - Linux man page


touch - change file timestamps


touch [OPTION]... FILE...


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

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

change only the access time
do not create any files
parse STRING and use it instead of current time
change only the modification time
use this file's times instead of current time
use [[CC]YY]MMDDhhmm[.ss] instead of current time
change the specified time: WORD is access, atime, or use: equivalent to -a WORD is modify or mtime: equivalent to -m
display this help and exit
output version information and exit

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

If a FILE is -, touch standard output.


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