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Hi all, I know such thing has been posted long time ago (below I will summarize what the answers were at that time), but no real answer. How can I easily get the modification time of a file in Korn shell (doesn't matter whether in d-m-y [m-d-y] h:m:s or in seconds from epoch; however I prefer seconds since epoch) with only use of Korn shell and "basic Unix commands" ?? Last time this was posted (by someone else), the two answers were: - Some Unix flavours have the stat command my reply: [but what about the flavours that don't??] - ...

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    Hi all,

    I know such thing has been posted long time ago (below I will summarize what
    the answers were at that time), but no real answer.

    How can I easily get the modification time of a file in Korn shell (doesn't
    matter whether in d-m-y [m-d-y] h:m:s or in seconds from epoch; however I
    prefer seconds since epoch) with only use of Korn shell and "basic Unix
    commands" ??

    Last time this was posted (by someone else), the two answers were:
    - Some Unix flavours have the stat command my reply: [but what
    about the flavours that don't??]
    - Use: perl -e 'print((stat("filename"))[9], "\n")' my reply: [what
    if I don't want to use Perl, because it's not on the box and I do not want
    to install??]
    - Create a C-binary that uses the stat system call my reply: [I
    just want to have to copy the ksh script to the box without having to
    distribute any other binaries]

    I have been searching for a good answer, but haven't found it.
    Perhaps one of you??

    Regards,
    Eddie


    Eddie Guest

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    On Sat, 02 Aug 2003 at 15:47 GMT, Eddie wrote:
    > Hi all,
    >
    > I know such thing has been posted long time ago (below I will summarize what
    > the answers were at that time), but no real answer.
    >
    > How can I easily get the modification time of a file in Korn shell (doesn't
    > matter whether in d-m-y [m-d-y] h:m:s or in seconds from epoch; however I
    > prefer seconds since epoch) with only use of Korn shell and "basic Unix
    > commands" ??
    >
    > Last time this was posted (by someone else), the two answers were:
    > - Some Unix flavours have the stat command my reply: [but what
    > about the flavours that don't??]
    > - Use: perl -e 'print((stat("filename"))[9], "\n")' my reply: [what
    > if I don't want to use Perl, because it's not on the box and I do not want
    > to install??]
    > - Create a C-binary that uses the stat system call my reply: [I
    > just want to have to copy the ksh script to the box without having to
    > distribute any other binaries]
    >
    > I have been searching for a good answer, but haven't found it.
    > Perhaps one of you??
    This has been answered several times in comp.unix.shell. Search
    the archives for that group: <http://tinyurl.com/iuo3>

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