WAD touch with reference file

Jun 24, 2008
220
0
Siegen, Germany
touch doesn't seem to work correctly using /r{acw}. It always updates the target file's modification timestamp (w) instead of the specified one:

A:2013/02/18,00:00:00 C:2012/10/08,14:05:31 W:2014/01/28,14:22:35 u.dif
A:2010/10/10,14:00:54 C:2011/11/11,14:01:04 W:2012/12/12,14:05:31 update.exe
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touch /raupdate.exe u.dif
>> 28.01.2014 14:38:50,946 G:\Src\C\Update\u.dif

A:2013/02/18,00:00:00 C:2012/10/08,14:05:31 W:2014/01/28,14:38:50 u.dif
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touch /rcupdate.exe u.dif
>> 28.01.2014 14:29:37,959 G:\Src\C\Update\u.dif

A:2013/02/18,00:00:00 C:2012/10/08,14:05:31 W:2014/01/28,14:29:37 u.dif
 
May 20, 2008
3,520
3
Elkridge, MD, USA
Sorry, but there must be a separator between the /ra and the reference file name, otherwise the syntax is ambiguous - for /rcabc.def you cannot tell whether the reference file is cabc.def using the modification timestamp, or abc.def with the creation timestamp.
 
Jan 19, 2011
583
11
Norman, OK
Neither the help file nor the command line help show a space.
Code:
TOUCH [/A:[[-][+]rhsdaecjot] /C [/D[acw][date] /E /F /I"text" /N /O:[-]adegnrstu /Q /R[:acw]file /Sn /T[acw[u]][hh:mm[:ss]] file...
Although, one could infer that adding a : (colon) between the /R and the a, c or w would remedy the situation.
 
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May 20, 2008
3,520
3
Elkridge, MD, USA
Neither the help file nor the command line help show a space.
Code:
TOUCH [/A:[[-][+]rhsdaecjot] /C [/D[acw][date] /E /F /I"text" /N /O:[-]adegnrstu /Q /R[:acw]file /Sn /T[acw[u]][hh:mm[:ss]] file...
Although, one could infer that adding a : (colon) between the /R and the a, c or w would remedy the situation.
Apparently when the command line option text was changed from courier new in version 7 to a proportional font in version 8 (yes, that far back) the separating space shrank to (nearly) invisible. However, in the example of the /R option it has always been clear. That's why my personal choice for even sample code is fixed pitch - but too much trouble in this forum when in the middle of a sentence, so even I shirk...