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From "Conor MacNeill" <>
Subject RE: Touch task
Date Tue, 27 Jun 2000 12:56:40 GMT
> From: Stefan Bodewig []
> Sent: Tuesday, 27 June 2000 21:40
> To:
> Subject: Touch task
> Hi,
> Some of you might have noticed my hack to Untar to set the file
> modification times to the values retrieved from the tar file. I'd like
> to do the same to the Expand task. As I don't want to duplicate code
> I'm going to move the relevant parts out into another class which
> could easily be a Touch task.
> The problem I see is that this task wouldn't do anything in JDK 1.1 as
> File.setLastModified hasn't been there and write(new byte[0]) doesn't
> change the modification time of the file you are writing to - at least
> not on my Linux box.
> So my question is whether we want to have a touch task that would be a
> NOP on JDK 1.1 - except when the file that shall be touched doesn't
> exist.

I think a NOP would be misleading. I would prefer to see it blowup.
Something like
"touch is not supported under Java 1.1". No surprises then (look how many
times the
modern compile thing has caught people out).


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