Beefy Boxes and Bandwidth Generously Provided by pair Networks
go ahead... be a heretic
 
PerlMonks  

Comment on

( #3333=superdoc: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Hello Mark_Galeck,

Since you're on Linux, what you are seeing is "normal". Occasionally I get interrupted and forget where I put a file, I can go to the head of the file system and follow the updated directories to locate the file. ( Hint: all directories are 'touch'ed, and on a very active system this technique may not work. ) When installing your *nix, you can turn this feature off to get better performance. Usually flash drives and Live CD/DVDs are build this way.

If you have administrative rights you can use the 'ln -s' command to bypass how you access the file, for example:

/home/mark/bin/myscript ## This file exists ln -s /home/mark/bin /mark ## /mark is symbolic link to /home +/mark/bin touch /mark/myscript ## change timestamp on directories + to myscript

The actual directories to 'myscript' will have their timestamps updated, but the symbolic link '/mark' will not change. ( If that is what you want ).

However as a system admin, I would be very concerned about 'end users' not wanting to show that they added/updated a file.

Good Luck...Ed

Update: This tested correctly on AIX, but after reading dave_the_m comments, I tried it on a "debian" and a "suse" systems with mixed results.

"Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin


In reply to Re: why does open ">..." sometimes touches the directory? by flexvault
in thread why does open ">..." sometimes touches the directory? by Mark_Galeck

Title:
Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":



  • Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!
  • Read Where should I post X? if you're not absolutely sure you're posting in the right place.
  • Please read these before you post! —
  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags:
    a, abbr, b, big, blockquote, br, caption, center, col, colgroup, dd, del, div, dl, dt, em, font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, hr, i, ins, li, ol, p, pre, readmore, small, span, spoiler, strike, strong, sub, sup, table, tbody, td, tfoot, th, thead, tr, tt, u, ul, wbr
  • You may need to use entities for some characters, as follows. (Exception: Within code tags, you can put the characters literally.)
            For:     Use:
    & &amp;
    < &lt;
    > &gt;
    [ &#91;
    ] &#93;
  • Link using PerlMonks shortcuts! What shortcuts can I use for linking?
  • See Writeup Formatting Tips and other pages linked from there for more info.
  • Log In?
    Username:
    Password:

    What's my password?
    Create A New User
    Chatterbox?
    and the web crawler heard nothing...

    How do I use this? | Other CB clients
    Other Users?
    Others pondering the Monastery: (11)
    As of 2015-07-29 00:39 GMT
    Sections?
    Information?
    Find Nodes?
    Leftovers?
      Voting Booth?

      The top three priorities of my open tasks are (in descending order of likelihood to be worked on) ...









      Results (260 votes), past polls