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touch is a command line utility to change file timestamps.

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Force create nonexistent directory via vi or touch? [duplicate]

There are -p option in mkdir command to create parent directories as needed wolf@linux:~$ tree . 0 directories, 0 files wolf@linux:~$ wolf@linux:~$ mkdir dir1/dir2/dir3 mkdir: cannot create ...
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Creating a new file and with a verbose switch

When creating a new directory using the mkdir command, I can simply add the -v option to find out whether or not the new directory is created. It saves time on not issuing a ls -F command. Is there ...
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Zsh: How to create a directory and file inside it with one command?

I am curious whether it is possible to create a directory and file inside this directory with one command, similar to mkdir -p but for a text file and intermediate directory. I read through the touch ...
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Unable to write to a folder on a drive on AiX system

I logged in the server with the below user id. myhost:hkgdb:/wd/user1>id uid=214(user1) gid=321(dba) groups=1(staff) I'm getting the following error while writing to a file: myhost:hkgdb:/wd/...
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What does “touch /reconfigure” before a reboot do?

We have a situation that spontaneous shutdowns are occurring on our Wind River Linux 6 system, and in the syslog, I see a /bin/touch /reconfigure followed by an /sbin/init 0. I can tell from another ...
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How to create directory and files inside the directory

I want to know how to place files using touch command inside an directory whether it is multiple or single file.help is appreciated
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touch: missing file operand with filename containing hash #

My system is Kernel: 5.3.0-26-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.4.8 Distro: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia Touch version is touch (GNU coreutils) 8.28 When the following command is given - $ ...
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Creating an empty file inside a folder

Does anyone know how to enter a Linux command to create an empty file called test1 in the directory systems while you are still in your home directory using the touch command?
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How do I create multiple files names from list.txt in bash?

I want to create multiple files at a time using names from a file list.txt, how can I do it? Sample list.txt: EOG090W002U EOG090W00C1 EOG090W00DC EOG090W00DE EOG090W00E5 EOG090W00HR EOG090W00MH ...
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Qt and dual monitor with touch screen

I have a Qt-based program (using eglfs platform), and 2 monitors, one LVDS and the other one is connected by HDMI. The LVDS monitor is a touch screen. The screen of HDMI is placed to the right of the ...
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X11 and dual monitor problem

I have a customized linux (Debian, we've removed the desktop environment), where we run our application with X11. The screen size is 1024x768, and the app's window fills the screen. Now the ...
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Change file “Birth date” for ext4 files?

Is it possible to change a file "Birth date" (according to the stat file "Birth" field)? I can change the modification/access time with touch -t 200109110846 file, but can't find the corresponding ...
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Create multiples files with brace expansion combining letters and numbers

I am trying to create a series of files with brace expansions. I want create the files fileA1 to fileZ100 with all possible combinations (Something like touch file[A..Z][1..100]). If I run the ...
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Why “*” works differently in different commands?

For example, in rm -r abc* "*" means any string. However, if we use it in touch abc* abcd* abcde* (and we don't have any files in directory starting with abc or abcd or abcde) "*" means just a symbol, ...
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How to create a file with specific command to run in linux?

I would like to create a file with: name: Hyper command run: "/opt/Hyper/hyper" %U or name: Google Chrome command run: /usr/bin/google-chrome-stable --no-sandbox ( when we click in this icon,...
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Creating a file in Linux? (Touch vs Echo)

I'm pretty new to Linux in general, so I'm not too familiar with do's and don'ts of some commands. I wanted to create a file and noticed that: touch file.txt ` creates a file, but so does: echo &...
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How to create files from a list which contain space [duplicate]

I would like to create files from the following list. There is no problem if the list doesn't have a space ... but the problem is it has a space user@linux:~$ cat file.txt Apples Bing Cherry Crab ...
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Build path name with variable as input to touch [duplicate]

I want to store a path I often use as an environment variable, then call this variable to construct a path name. $ mypath="~/local/bin/" $ newFile="${mypath}newFile.sh" $ echo $newFile ~/local/bin/...
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Why does the touch command work in one directory, but not in the other?

On the same mount, the touch command sometimes doesn't work Using different directories on the same mount, the touch command gives different results **bob@syno ~ % ll -d /volume1/media ; ll -d /...
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Usage of touch with pipeline

I want to be able to use the touch command with the pipeline to create multiple files depending on the output of a command. Like for example: grep "hello(.*)" file.txt | touch But it doesn't work! ...
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Difference between `touch file` and `>file`

Say there is an empty directory and I run the commands >file1 and touch file2 while in that directory, but I forget which command created which file. I don't know what command I ran first and I ...
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How to add both date and space to a filename [duplicate]

If I execute touch $(date '+%F %T'), I expect one file whose filename comprises the date and time to be created; but instead two files are created: one whose name is the date, and the other whose name ...
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If rc.local is run as root why can't it touch a file

I wish to execute a script every time on boot-up using /etc/rc.local. My script for example is called startscript.sh which is stored in /home/debian as below. It first tries to create a file called ...
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Create file in subdirectories that doesn't exist (../new_folder/new_folder/new_file.ext)

For now i use this: mkdir -p a/b/c/d/e; touch a/b/c/d/e/file.abc; Is there more efficient ways?
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Use touch command to set modification time of a file to the Unix epoch

Edit: Better worded question: How do I only use the touch command to set the modification time of a file to the unix epoch? I know that the unix epoch value can be retrieved using "data %s", but how ...
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In Linux, what does “touch .” (touch dot) do?

I have searched for a similar question here, but found nothing related. In Linux, the dot (.) refers to the directory itself. The touch command creates a file, if it does not exist. But what does ...
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Change modification timestamps using touch with time offset across group of files

I'm trying to change the modification timestamps using touch on a group of images that gets accessed by an external program that sorts them by modification date. The current mod times of these files ...
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How to `touch` and `cat` file named `-` [duplicate]

How do I use GNU touch to update a file called -? How do I use GNU cat to display a file called -? I'm running: % cat --version | head -n1 cat (GNU coreutils) 8.29 % touch --version | head -n1 ...
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Batch copy metadata (date) from .mpg to .mp4 (touch -r)

I have a large number of YYMMDD.HHMMSS.mpg files. What I want is to copy the metadata to (the converted) YYMMDD.HHMMSS.mp4 files. Can this be done in batch? touch -r *.mpg *.mp4
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To create files under existing nested directories in Fedora 23 [closed]

I can't use touch to make files in existing nested directories. I was just wondering if my syntax is off. $ touch dir1/dir2/dir3/file.txt
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Change creation time of files (RPM) from download time to build time

I am going to create my own internal repository service via createrepo and want to provide an Java repository as well. Downloading the JRE and JDK packages automatically and as described at Stack ...
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How Can i control the 'total' output in 'ls -l' command? [duplicate]

the question is, how can control the ls -l total output ? first impression with example that give us total = 0 els3@els3PC:~/test$ touch file els3@els3PC:~/test$ ls -l total 0 -rw-r--r-- 1 els3 els3 ...
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When creating an empty file, why might one prefer 'touch file' over ': >> file'?

Never realized that you could do this until just now: : >> file It seems to be functionally similar to: touch file Is there a reason why most resources seem to prefer touch over this shell ...
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creating a file with touch using a variable

I have this variable : toto=123456 why does touch "$toto.hihi.log" works and creates a file called 123456.hihi.log but touch "$totohihi.log" doesn’t do anything ?
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What happens if we use touch command while the file already exists

I already have a file named param.txt with some data on it. If I run touch param.txt in the same folder will my data get lost?
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How to touch everything in a directory including hidden, like directory up `..`?

This question has parallels to question "touch all folders in a directory". How to touch everything in a directory, recursively including hidden entries, like "directory up" .. and . without de-...
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Set file modification date from date stored as filename

I have a lot of files where filename contains file creation date (IMG_RRRRMMDD_hhmmss.jpg): IMG_20171015_133516.jpg IMG_20171015_133827.jpg IMG_20171015_142634.jpg IMG_20171015_142834.jpg ...
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How to change folder's creation date to match the creation date of the .nfo file inside?

I need to do it for over 600 folders with varying names and the .nfo file inside doesn't necessarily have the same name as the folder, he is just a few of them. m0j0@unity ~/files/TV.TL/TEST $ ls -lr ...
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I get message “File name too long” when running for..in and touch

I want to touch each file in a directory: files=$(ls -a "node_modules/suman-types/dts") echo "files $files"; for file in "$files"; do echo "touching file $file"; touch "node_modules/suman-...
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touch is creating files one hour behind the current time. How to set it with current time?

All ordinary users on my linux box have an issue. When they create a file using $ touch test.txt or using script and do ls -ali | grep test.txt I notice that the time of the file is one hour behind ...
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When does touch command need the file to exist? [duplicate]

I've noticed sometimes I touch a file that does not exist at all and after the command, the files get created. However, depending on what directory I'm touching, I get "No such file or directory" ...
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re-touching files over sshfs

Machine A's file system is mounted on machine B via sshfs. A process running on B, which was initiated from A by ssh touches a file on the mounted file system of A to communicate a signal; the signal (...
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Creating 50 directories with 50 files inside

I am trying to create 50 directories (dir-01..dir-50). And I want to create 50 files (01.txt..50.txt) inside each of the 50 directories. For example: dir-01/01.txt..50.txt dir-02/02.txt..50....
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Touch command “Invalid timestamp” android phone

I have used the adb shell command to shell into my android device. I then tried to run the command... touch -t 201108231405.14 *.png To changed the modified time of all the files in the Photos ...
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Execution order of touch command arguments

I have a list of files that are space separated and I want to use the touch command to update their timestamps in that order. But when I supply the filenames as arguments, the timestamps get updated ...
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Changing file modification time to access time in bulk

I have a bunch of files in a directory where the modification time was changed (incorrectly) with touch -m The access time of these files is still close enough to what the modification time was, so I'...
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How do I touch every file in a directory? [duplicate]

I'm using Amazon Linux with bash shell. I'm trying to touch every file in a certain directory, but this command is failing: [myuser@mymachine scripts]$ find /usr/java/jboss/standalone/deployments/...
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Working with /dev/null with cat or cp vs touch

In a tutorial about public key infrastructure the author sets up a database to work with when setting up a Root Certificate Authority: cp /dev/null ca/root-ca/db/root-ca.db cp /dev/null ca/root-ca/db/...
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What does 'touch' stand for?

My question is not so much a question of computer science as it is a question of etymology. The command touch changes file access and modification times. What does 'touch' stand for?
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What does !!: mean in bash? [duplicate]

Watching a video (https://vimeo.com/56166857 & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CTfGS0gEOk @ 1m:34s), the presenter (TJ Holowaychuk) wrote: touch !!:2{...} I can't find what !!:2 means anywhere. ...