history of touch

Steve smorrey at gmail.com
Wed Sep 13 09:53:57 MDT 2006


Probably even wierder, evidently touch was a kind of buzzword for
elimination of drudgery, all the way back as far as the 1950's
http://www.historyofthebutton.com/2006/08/07/touch-command/

On 9/13/06, Kenneth Burgener <kenneth at mail1.ttak.org> wrote:
> Wade Preston Shearer wrote:
> > Does anyone know the history behind the touch command? Why "touch"?
>
>
> I have two theories:
>
> 1.  The 'touch' command basically touches a file to update the access
> modification time.  Seems straight forward.
>
> 2.  (Is this where your mind wandered?) The 'geeks' who wrote the
> 'touch' command may not have had girlfriends, so the computer was the
> closest thing to a girlfriend.
>
> Also touch is a short word, and most UNIX commands are short, and
> update_file_modification_and_access_time is just too much for a
> programmer to type.
>
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