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Linux Touch Command Examples - How it works ?

This article covers a few basic examples of the touch command. For more information use 'man touch' to view the manual page. In fact, the touch command is a standard command used in UNIX/Linux operating system which is used to create, change and modify timestamps of a file.


Touch Command Options

  • -a to change the access time only.
  • -c if the file does not exist, do not create it.
  • -d to update the access and modification times.
  • -m to change the modification time only.
  • -r to use the access and modification times of file.
  • -t creates a file using a specified time.

Steps to save a file in Linux command line

This article will guide you on how to use the #cat #command to display or create a new file on #Linux. To save a file, you must first be in Command mode. Press Esc to enter Command mode, and then type :wq to write and quit the file. The other, quicker option is to use the keyboard shortcut ZZ to write and quit.