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touch is a command line utility to change file timestamps.

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Fix the bogus modification time of some mkv files based on that of srt files with the same root name

I found around 50 mkv files with modification time in the future (year 2098 and 2097). I see that .srt files with the same name carry the right date and are located in the same subfolder as each mkv ...
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How to automatically set the modification (or creation) time of a Quicktime video file based on its meta data?

In a shell, how to automatically set the modification (or creation) date and time of a Quicktime video file based on the metadata in the file with a single command (or a single command line)? For JPG ...
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touch: /Users/username/.zshrc: No such file or directory

I'm on macOS Ventura 13.2. Tried to fix python by adding it to .zshrc: echo "alias python=/usr/bin/python3" >> ~/.zshrc zsh: no such file or directory: /Users/username/.zshrc Seems ...
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How to change birth/creation time without copy the whole file?

In Btrfs, stat a file will show birth time, which I try to change but find the method is always about copying the whole file, that would be a time waste, it'd be good to change it like access, modify, ...
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Linux touchscreen - touch indicator

Is there any package that adds a touch indicator similar to what is in windows 10/11. I mean such a gray circle that shows where you touch on the screen.
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`touch` combined with `find -newer` behaves unexpected in script

Goal I was looking for a simple way to check for new files. As the target system is a minimal embedded Linux platform, I cannot just install more packages. Current Solution A nice solution seemed to ...
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touch/mkdir seems to ignore default ACL

I am pretty sure it is a stupid mistake but I can't seem to figure it out by myself, so please have a look. I set up an ACL for the current folder like so: zigbee2mqtt@nuc:/tmp/folder$ getfacl . # ...
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Dbus not starting on Ubuntu Touch

systemctl --user start dbus Failed to start dbus.service: Process org.freedesktop.systemd1 exited with status 1 See user logs and 'systemctl --user status dbus.service' for details. systemctl --user ...
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Why am I not able to use * with touch in path? [duplicate]

This is the output of tree: [xyz@localhost Semester1]$ tree . ├── Eng ├── IT ├── IT_workshop ├── LA ├── OS ├── OS_lab ├── Psy ├── Python └── Python_lab 9 directories, 0 files I want to create 3 ...
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How can I obtain the time stamp from a file or directory in touch format?

According to many websites I found online the touch commands' -t argument accepts the time stamp in the following format: [[CC]YY]MMDDhhmm[.ss] Here, CC: The first two digits of the year. YY: The ...
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Map touch display of the same type with xinput - which is which

on my Linux box I have 2 DELL touch display of the exact same type. One is connected on HDMI-2, the other on DP-1. To map the touch display I use sudo xinput --map-to-output _ID1_ HDMI-2 sudo xinput -...
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"touch" command with a working "-f" command-line option?

Older versions of the touch command offered a working -f command-line option, which could be used as follows: touch -f file1 file2 With this command, the modification time of file2 could be set to ...
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How do I create a file named \*\\'"Best School"\'\\*$\?\*\*\*\*\*:) on linux with touch command [closed]

I have had these issues for a while now. I've tried different approaches, all to no avail.
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Copying / preserving symbolic link timestamp

I have been working on some projects on a GNU/Linux system and now they have been archived on a FreeBSD server. In the archive, I have rearranged some directories and now I noticed that some symbolic ...
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How to make a for loop to read directory names with spaces in them?

I need to create a script to scan folders in a directory and take the name of each folder, make a .txt file, name it with the name of the folder and put inside that folder. For example: A directory ...
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Draw with multiple fingers/styluses simultaneously on a touchscreen

I have a large touchscreen display that I would like to use for drawing with either my fingers or/and styluses. I can do this perfectly fine under Android, multiple people can use the display at the ...
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How to create a file for every directory on a tree?

For the following tree structure: . └── dir1 └── dir2 └── dir3 What would be a simple way to create a file (could be empty), for every directory, so the resulting tree will look like: ...
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Visualizer for evtest logs

I'm looking for a tool that can visualize or make it a bit easier to interpret the logs that are produced from the evtest tool. I've googled for several times and could not find such a tool to ...
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Will touch behave the same in all systems (overriding an existing file)?

Just a Cron test command to consider, create an empty file in the user's home directory every minute: * * * * * touch ${HOME}/example.example Will touch behave the same in all systems (overriding an ...
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Why does using touch, to create an empty file with no filetype, create various kinds of files?

On macOS I am running a shell script that uses touch to create an empty file without an extension. The files created using the same script randomly have different Kinds, i.e. "Document", &...
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how can i touch "File Inode Change Date/Time" [duplicate]

i have an mp4 file and running exiftool i can see that the "File Inode Change Date/Time" tag changes when i touch it, but it changes to the current time and not to the date that i have ...
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Can't specify file creation date

I would like to automate the creation of some files so I created a script. I want also to specify the creation date of those files. In a terminal for example, to create a file.txt with creation date ...
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Execute a command on all folders that are older than their mirrored folder

Here is my problem. Every night I move data to a remote location, the data retains its modified date correctly, but the folders do not consistently. What I would like to do is to check the folders ...
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Pipe vs Command substitution [duplicate]

Testing with the linux command line and pipe I tried to do echo {1..3} | touch and it doesn't work. I achieved the results with touch $(echo {1..3}). Why I can't pass the list generated by echo to ...
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How to change all files in directory creation/modification date to 0/0/0?

I want to change all files in directory creation/modification date to 0/0/0. I tried to use find $PWD -exec touch -m -d '0/0/0' {} + command.
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change last modification date for many files using references

I have performed a backup and on restoring it, unfortunately, all file access times were set to the timestamp of the DateTime of this restoring process. How now to set all timestamps from the backup (...
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A very strange behaviour of filesystem, Schrödinger's file

I'm fresh to Unix, and I would like to have your help with this strange behavior I have a user directory /Users/den den$ ls -la total 208 drwxrwx---+ 19 den staff 608 18 Jan 16:35 . drwxr-xr-x ...
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How to mirror directory structure and files with zero size?

I am trying to mirror the directory and file structure of a particular directory. However, I want the mirrored files to have no size. So for example, if I had the following directory tree: ...
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Issue creating a regular file for a directory

I have tried this but it is not working touch dir_practice ../cambridge/library/ touch dir_practice ./sample_dir/cambridge/library/****
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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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cannot touch file: No such file or directory for a specific file

I know you have had many other doubts related to this same issue, but I have not found anything that would allow me to reproduce the same case that I had. The situation is simple, I can do this: $ ...
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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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