Re: Command touch and irregular file names
On 08/14/2007 07:54 PM, - Tong - wrote:
How to let command touch to work with irregular file names?
In my script I have
touch -r "$file1" "$file2"
the file1/2 can be anything file, ../path/file, /root/file, etc.
The problem is when file1/2 are irregular file names. E.g., -test.file1/2.
I.e., anyway to make the following touch command works?
$ touch -r "-test.file1" "-test.file2"
touch: invalid date format `est.file2'
FYI, I tried this but didn't work:
$ touch -r -- "-test.file1" "-test.file2"
touch: invalid date format `est.file1'
I think if the touch command uses the standard gnu getopt lib, then
the above code should work, shouldn't it?
My touch command has the same problem as yours. I discovered this
ln -s -- $file1 ref
touch -r ref -- $file2
I hope this helps.
If you think this is a bug, search for it in the bug tracking system,
and if it's not there, you can report it.
I tested the Sarge version of 'touch.' The Etch version may be fixed.
That's why it's good to look at the bugs list first--to avoid annoying
our lovable Debian maintainers :-)