TOUCH(1) User Commands TOUCH(1)
touch - change file timestamps
touch [OPTION]... FILE...
Update the access and modification times of each FILE to the current time.
A FILE argument that does not exist is created empty, unless -c or -h is supplied.
A FILE argument string of - is handled specially and causes touch to change the times of
the file associated with standard output.
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
-a change only the access time
do not create any files
parse STRING and use it instead of current time
affect each symbolic link instead of any referenced file (useful only on systems
that can change the timestamps of a symlink)
-m change only the modification time
use this file's times instead of current time
use [[CC]YY]MMDDhhmm[.ss] instead of current time
change the specified time: WORD is access, atime, or use: equivalent to -a WORD is
modify or mtime: equivalent to -m
--help display this help and exit
output version information and exit
Note that the -d and -t options accept different time-date formats.
GNU coreutils online help: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/> Report touch transla-
tion bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>
The --date=STRING is a mostly free format human readable date string such as "Sun, 29 Feb
2004 16:21:42 -0800" or "2004-02-29 16:21:42" or even "next Thursday". A date string may
contain items indicating calendar date, time of day, time zone, day of week, relative
time, relative date, and numbers. An empty string indicates the beginning of the day.
The date string format is more complex than is easily documented here but is fully
described in the info documentation.
Written by Paul Rubin, Arnold Robbins, Jim Kingdon, David MacKenzie, and Randy Smith.
Copyright (C) 2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY,
to the extent permitted by law.
The full documentation for touch is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and touch
programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info coreutils 'touch invocation'
should give you access to the complete manual.
GNU coreutils 8.22 June 2014 TOUCH(1)