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Re: dired-do-touch

From: Lars Hansen
Subject: Re: dired-do-touch
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2004 19:12:03 +0100
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I wonder: wouldn't it be better to have an Emacs primitive to do
this, instead of invoking an external program?  For starters, it will
then work on any platform, including those where `touch' is not a
standard part of the OS.

A week ago, in the thread "Re: Set modtime of a local file?", I suggested to make the existing function set_file_times (in sysdep.c) into a lisp primitive because such a primitive is needed in Tramp. This primitive could be used by dired-do-touch to obtain independence of external programs.

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