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MUAs and timestamps, was Re: how to grep without changing timestamps?

Quoting R. Ransbottom (rir@mediaone.net):

> > on Sun, Dec 31, 2000 at 02:04:57PM -0500, Maciej Kalisiak (mac@cs.toronto.edu) wrote:
> > > Is it possible to grep a ton of files without modifying their
> > > date/timestamps?  Currently if I use grep, it changes the access time
> > > of all files touched, which causes mutt to lose track of the folders
> > > which have new mail (I guess it looks at the timestamp last modified
> > > and last accessed to figure this out).  Occasionally I do want to

>     - File a bug report on mutt.  This is a matter of mutt not playing 
>       well with others.  

How is mutt (or any other MUA) meant to do it then?


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