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NAME

       utime, utimes - change file last access and modification times

SYNOPSIS

       #include <sys/types.h>
       #include <utime.h>

       int utime(const char *filename, const struct utimbuf *times);

       #include <sys/time.h>

       int utimes(const char *filename, const struct timeval times[2]);

DESCRIPTION

       The  utime()  system  call changes the access and modification times of
       the inode specified by filename to the actime  and  modtime  fields  of
       times respectively.

       If  times  is  NULL, then the access and modification times of the file
       are set to the current time.

       Changing  timestamps  is  permitted  when:  either  the   process   has
       appropriate  privileges, or the effective user ID equals the user ID of
       the file, or times is NULL and the process has write permission for the
       file.

       The utimbuf structure is:

           struct utimbuf {
               time_t actime;       /* access time */
               time_t modtime;      /* modification time */
           };

       The  utime()  system  call  allows  specification  of timestamps with a
       resolution of 1 second.

       The utimes() system call is similar, but the times argument  refers  to
       an  array  rather  than  a  structure.   The elements of this array are
       timeval structures, which  allow  a  precision  of  1  microsecond  for
       specifying timestamps.  The timeval structure is:

           struct timeval {
               long tv_sec;        /* seconds */
               long tv_usec;       /* microseconds */
           };

       times[0]  specifies the new access time, and times[1] specifies the new
       modification time.  If times is NULL, then analogously to utime(),  the
       access  and modification times of the file are set to the current time.

RETURN VALUE

       On success, zero is returned.  On error, -1 is returned, and  errno  is
       set appropriately.

ERRORS

       EACCES Search  permission  is  denied for one of the directories in the
              path prefix of path (see also path_resolution(7)).

       EACCES times is NULL, the caller’s effective user ID does not match the
              owner  of the file, the caller does not have write access to the
              file, and the caller is not privileged  (Linux:  does  not  have
              either the CAP_DAC_OVERRIDE or the CAP_FOWNER capability).

       ENOENT filename does not exist.

       EPERM  times is not NULL, the caller’s effective UID does not match the
              owner of the file, and the caller is not privileged (Linux: does
              not have the CAP_FOWNER capability).

       EROFS  path resides on a read-only file system.

CONFORMING TO

       utime(): SVr4, POSIX.1-2001.  POSIX.1-2008 marks utime() as obsolete.
       utimes(): 4.3BSD, POSIX.1-2001.

NOTES

       Linux  does  not allow changing the timestamps on an immutable file, or
       setting the timestamps to something other than the current time  on  an
       append-only file.

       In  libc4  and  libc5, utimes() is just a wrapper for utime() and hence
       does not allow a subsecond resolution.

SEE ALSO

       chattr(1), futimesat(2), stat(2), utimensat(2), futimes(3), futimens(3)

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