[TriLUG] Moving a subdirectory tree
Sun, 3 Feb 2002 19:27:49 -0500
Tom Bryan [firstname.lastname@example.org] wrote:
> Actually, both commands below preserve timestamps for files and directories.
> Neither one seems to preserve the timestamps for symlinks, and I can't get
> touch to operate on the symlink. When I touch the symlink with an explicit
> time, it updates the target of the link. For example,
Err... actually, I answered without really realizing what you were saying.
As far as I understand, symlinks don't really have any timestamp info
themselves, only the target does. How it's displayed by 'ls' is pretty
much indeterminate, spec-wise. Touching a symlink will always update the
file that's symlinked, not the link itself. Someone correct me if I'm
wrong, but I think the answer is that you can't update the link's date, it's
just an artifact of the filesystem creating the link.
Ben Reed a.k.a. Ranger Rick (email@example.com)
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