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Re: touch command

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: Re: touch command
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 09:37:44 +0100
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Bob Proulx wrote:
> address@hidden wrote:
>>  I am not really sure if it is a bug, but the line command
>>  "touch" seems incapable of changing the timestamp of a
>>  link (on a related issue, "tar" does not usually recover
>>  the timestamp of links).
> There is no lutimes(2) call and therefore way way to set the times on
> a symlink.  This is why touch does not have a -h option.  Since
> lchmod(2) is available the chmod command has a -h option and uses it
> to change the owner of the symlink.

Could this be simulated by removing and recreating the link?


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