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Windows 7: Is there software that does the same as Unix 'touch'?

30 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
Is there software that does the same as Unix 'touch'?

I need to do what I think is a somewhat complex thing. I have a drive with almost 1500 folders in it. Some of these folders are parents and do not have files directly under them, just child folders. The child folders all have files with various dates. I need a way to do a recursive check of all folders, and down at the child folders do a touch on that folder so that it takes the timestamp of the oldest file in that folder. Then when it recurses up to the parent, if there are only child folders there the parent folder should get a touch to take the timestamp of the oldest folder in that subdirectory etc.

I think I can do this in Unix (it's been years since I've done anything like that but I think it's possible). The question is whether there's a way to do this in Win7?

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01 Jul 2013   #2

Windows 7 32 bit

I would put a request here

Please read the rules/guidelines before posting. If someone there knows of a freeware already existing that does it, they will post. Otherwise if one of the coders thinks it can be hammered out in a reasonable time, they may volunteer to write the program for you.
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02 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 32 bit

Note that in addition to the approach above, there are Win32 ports of most Linux commands. You may be able to run bash shell and do what you want using a combination of 'find' and 'touch'. This site is one example.
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