getfiletime() and setfiletime()

Gary Kline kline at
Sat Apr 22 04:27:56 UTC 2006

On Fri, Apr 21, 2006 at 10:12:04PM -0500, Dan Nelson wrote:
> In the last episode (Apr 21), Gary Kline said:
> > 	With all the billions-and-billions of lines of C hacked by
> > 	people reading this, do any of you have the functions that
> > 	would get and save-away the stat mtime, then be able to set the
> > 	original mtime of the file to what it was?
> > 
> > 	I am getting back to working on a programm that cleans away
> > 	embedded html, jpg, and other non ASCII (or 8859-1) and leaves
> > 	just-plain-text.  This from my ~/Mail/* files.  Ideally, I
> > 	would like to set the timestamp of each file to what it was. So
> > 	before I re-invent wheels, I thought I'd ask the list.
> You can use mtree to do this.

	How, exactly?  In ~/Mail are scores of files dating from 1991;
	for the most part this Content-Type = "text/html" for rough
	example only began in the late 90's.  But there are scads of
	them.  I'm looking at pulling some of the guts from cp   (copy -p
	that preserves the time-stamp [and more]).  If mtree is an easier
	route, then great.   How would I run this file

-rw-------  1 kline  wheel    306870 Dec 22  2004

	thru my filter and have wind up with its original timestamp.


	PS:  I'm prob'ly making this more complicated than need be....

   Gary Kline     kline at     Public service Unix

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