history of touch

Lonnie Olson fungus at aros.net
Wed Sep 13 12:50:23 MDT 2006

Kenneth Burgener 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.

I am pretty sure this is correct.  The last modified time tells you the
last time you "touched" that file.

> 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.

LOL, you might be right.

touch ~

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