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•Re: Re: Oldest file using -M

by merlyn (Sage)
on Apr 27, 2004 at 14:22 UTC ( #348500=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Oldest file using -M
in thread Oldest file using -M

If you want to make sure that -M always returns a positive value
No, that's no guarantee. Using utime, I can set the modtime to any value I want, including far into the future. Or, I might have unpacked a file from a tar-archive from a system with a badly set system clock.

So, you must always be prepared for a negative -M value. Always.

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