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TOUCH(1)                         User Commands                        TOUCH(1)

NAME
       touch - change file timestamps

SYNOPSIS
       touch [OPTION]... FILE...

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

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

       -a     change only the access time

       -B, --backward=SECONDS
              Modify the time by going back SECONDS seconds.  For example,
              touch -r foo -B 5 bar will make the file bar 5 seconds older
              than file foo.

       -c, --no-create
              do not create any files

       -d, --date=STRING
              parse STRING and use it instead of current time

       -F, --forward=SECONDS
              Modify the time by going forward SECONDS seconds.  For example,
              touch -r foo -F 5 bar will make the file bar 5 seconds newer
              than file foo.

       -f     (ignored)

       -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
              set time given by WORD: access atime use (same as -a) modify
              mtime (same as -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.

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

REPORTING BUGS
       Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
       PURPOSE.

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 touch

       should give you access to the complete manual.

touch (coreutils) 4.5.3          October 2002                         TOUCH(1)

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