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SubjectRe: Why does utime() exist?
On Sat, 19 Aug 2000, Julien Oster wrote:

> Hello!
> Why the heck does utime() exist? I could understand it, if it would only
> have a filename as argument and issuing it would change the access and/or
> modification time to the current time - also known as "touch"ing files.
Tar and other backup/restore programs need it. Without it, when you
restore a bunch of files from a backup, they would all have the date/time
at which you restored them rather than the date/time that was preserved
during the backup.

> Is it safe to disable it? It makes life a little harder for system
> administrators concerned about security...

Really? Tell me how (off-the-list, please). POSIX requires this.

Dick Johnson

Penguin : Linux version 2.2.15 on an i686 machine (797.90 BogoMips).

"Memory is like gasoline. You use it up when you are running. Of
course you get it all back when you reboot..."; Actual explanation
obtained from the Micro$oft help desk.

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