touchFile

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Updates the timestamp of a file

Updates the timestamp of a file. Currently, it is only possible to change the timestamp specifying when the file was last modified, and time can only be set to the current time.

Usage
## S3 method for class 'default}(pathname, ...)':
touchFileundefined

pathname{A character specifying the file to be updated.}
 ...{Not used.}

Returns (invisibly) the old timestamp.

# 1. Create a file
pathname <- tempfile()
cat(file=pathname, "Hello world!")
md5a <- digest::digest(pathname, file=TRUE)

# 2. Current time stamp
ta <- file.info(pathname)$mtime
print(ta)

# 3. Update time stamp
Sys.sleep(1.2)
touchFile(pathname)
tb <- file.info(pathname)$mtime
print(tb)

# 4. Verify that the timestamp got updated
stopifnot(tb > ta)

# 5. Verify that the contents did not change
md5b <- digest::digest(pathname, file=TRUE)
stopifnot(identical(md5a, md5b))

[object Object]

file.info().




programming
IO
file
Aliases
  • touchFile.default
  • touchFile
Documentation reproduced from package R.utils, version 1.1.0, License: LGPL (>= 2.1)

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