[ale] modify file creation/modification time

Danny Cox danscox at mindspring.com
Mon Dec 27 10:34:20 EST 2004


On Mon, 2004-12-27 at 03:37 -0500, Jim Popovitch wrote:
> Is there a way, preferably w/ perl, to change the timestamp of a file?
> Specifically, I would like to modify a directory of files, but not
> change any of the modification timestamps.

	See utime (man perlfunc).  It should work on a directory also.

	By the way, the ctime member of the inode isn't a creation time.  It's
a last modified time of the metadata (permissions, modification time,
access times).  MS-DOS has a create time, which gets mapped within Samba
to the ctime, I think, but that's it.  Newer filesystems such as Reiser
4 may well have a create time, but traditional UNIX never has.

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