history of touch

Kenneth Burgener kenneth at mail1.ttak.org
Wed Sep 13 09:49:13 MDT 2006

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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