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nftimestamp - Set Notesfile sequencer timestamps
nftimestamp [ -v ] [ -t ] notesfile [ notesfile ]
The Notesfile system uses timestamps to determine which articles in a notesfile have been
read by an individual user. The timestamps are compared with arrival times of the indi-
vidual articles to determine if a user has seen that article. Nftimestamp provides a sim-
ple mechanism for updating many timestamps.
In the usual case, nftimestamp is invoked with a list of notesfiles. The invoking user's
sequencer timestamps for the specified notesfiles are set to the current time. The -t
option allows the user to specify some different time. Notesfiles are specified in the
same manner as on the notes command line. Include notesfiles by using their name; the
shell wildcard characters (?*) are correctly expanded. Exclude notesfiles be prefixing
their name with an exclamation mark: !notesfile. The -f option reads a list of notesfiles
to be included and excluded from the specifid file.
The Notesfile Administrator can use the -u option to set the sequencer for systems and
The seqtoascii and seqtobinary utilities provide the same function as this program. Using
those programs, the user must change each timestamp manually and then restore the
sequencer file. Nftimestamp provides a simpler interface.
/etc/passwd for the users name
/etc/group for the users group
/usr/spool/notes the default notesfile data base
notes(1), seqtoascii(1), seqtobinary(1),
The Notesfile Reference Manual
Ray Essick (uiucdcs!essick, email@example.com)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois NFTIMESTAMP(8)
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