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bug #38899: Find by Last Access Time Actually Modifies the Last Access Time by Itself

Submitter:  None
Submitted:  Sun 05 May 2013 06:48:07 PM UTC
Category:  find Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  Wrong result Status:  Invalid
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  jay
Originator Name:  alec lee Originator Email:  -email is unavailable-
Open/Closed:  Closed Release:  4.2.20
Fixed Release:  None
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Sun 02 Jun 2013 12:29:43 PM UTC, comment #2: 

find reads directories, so on a file system with Unix semantics, it is expected that the access time is updated. 

If find is modifying the access time of (non-driectory) files, then that is unexpected (for filesystems which are supposed to have Unix semantics, anyway).

find doesn't open files, apart from files associated with actions -fprintf, -fprint, and system configuration files such as /etc/fstab and /etc/passed.   Hence file access times shouldn't be updated.

Since you're running find on Windows XP, you should start by talking to the GnuWin folks about why this is happening I think (this doesn't happen on filesystems with real Unix semantics).   For now I'm going to mark the bug as not-valid, but if it turns out to be a bug in find rather than GnuWin, please feel free to re-open the bug.

James Youngman <jay>
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Mon 06 May 2013 06:45:42 AM UTC, comment #1: 

I'am talking about the GnuWin Version of find. Probably sourceforge rather than here is the proper place to report the bug.

Sun 05 May 2013 06:48:07 PM UTC, original submission:  

find "C:/bin" ( -amin -15 )   -print

tested with version 4.2.20

Test done in windows XP where last access time update was enabled (attention NTFS last access time will only be updated if the last access time is > around 1hr ago).  So advance the clock by 1 hr for every test.

The above command actually modifies the last access time by itself to the current time so all the files under c:/bin are always returned regardless of the files last access time.



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