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Old 11-14-2001
ls output format

below is the output is ls -l

-rw-r--r-- 1 tonyt staff 3212 Apr 17 1999 file1
-rw-r--r-- 1 tonyt staff 4541 Mar 3 21:08 file2

why the date format is not the same?
# 2  
Old 11-14-2001
-rw-r--r-- 1 tonyt staff 3212 Apr 17 1999 file1
-rw-r--r-- 1 tonyt staff 4541 Mar 3 21:08 file2
Since file1 was last modified in a year different than the current one, it will show you the year, instead of the time.
# 3  
Old 11-14-2001
Then how can I change the mtime of a file? which command should I use?
# 4  
Old 11-14-2001
Use the "touch" command.

You can use it to set the file timestamp to a time that you specify.

See touch(1) man pages for more information.
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Old 11-23-2001
Originally posted by LivinFree

Since file1 was last modified in a year different than the current one, it will show you the year, instead of the time.
I've found another file:
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 3824 Apr 27 2001 env
So the year is current year. Why it show up the year instead of date?thx
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Old 11-23-2001
On HP-UX, end of calendar year is not the cutoff. Datestamps older than approx 180 days are displayed with the year instead of the time. To demo this:

touch -t200105201200 myfile1
touch -t200105251200 myfile2
touch -t200105301200 myfile3
touch -t200106051200 myfile4

ls -l myfile*
# 7  
Old 11-23-2001
Cute! It works. Thanks for your help.
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