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[bug #38899] Find by Last Access Time Actually Modifies the Last Access

From: James Youngman
Subject: [bug #38899] Find by Last Access Time Actually Modifies the Last Access Time by Itself
Date: Sun, 02 Jun 2013 12:29:43 +0000
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Update of bug #38899 (project findutils):

                  Status:                    None => Invalid                
             Assigned to:                    None => jay                    
             Open/Closed:                    Open => Closed                 


Follow-up Comment #2:

find reads directories, so on a file system with Unix semantics, it is
expected that the access time is updated.  

If find is modifying the access time of (non-driectory) files, then that is
unexpected (for filesystems which are supposed to have Unix semantics,

find doesn't open files, apart from files associated with actions -fprintf,
-fprint, and system configuration files such as /etc/fstab and /etc/passed.  
Hence file access times shouldn't be updated.

Since you're running find on Windows XP, you should start by talking to the
GnuWin folks about why this is happening I think (this doesn't happen on
filesystems with real Unix semantics).   For now I'm going to mark the bug as
not-valid, but if it turns out to be a bug in find rather than GnuWin, please
feel free to re-open the bug.


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