Best way to 'touch' a file?

Peter Hansen peter at
Tue Aug 23 02:12:00 CEST 2005

Fredrik Lundh wrote:
> Peter Hansen wrote:
>>I guess it depends on whether "touch" implies creation-when-missing, as
>>with the command line version, or just updating the time.
> the OP wanted "to update the modification time of a file without actually
> modifying it".  os.utime does exactly that; no more, no less, and no extra
> dependencies.

You've quoted selectively.  He also said "Unix-style 'touch'", from 
which one could quite legitimately infer he wants the other features of 
the Unix touch command, including the automatic creation of missing files.

Unless you know something more about the OP's needs than he's posted 
publicly, you're just guessing too... even if we both agree yours is the 
more likely interpretation.


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