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cp -a not preserving timestamps on symlinks

From: Alan Ford
Subject: cp -a not preserving timestamps on symlinks
Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 23:14:39 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.4i


I'm not sure if this is a bug or a limitation, but I'm reporting this
because I could find no mention of it in man pages etc.

When using cp -a, it doesn't preserve the timestamps of the symlinks.
This is very annoying for backup purposes.

Is there any way around this, or is it a legitimate bug?

Indeed, come to think of it, touch can't change timestamps on symlinks
either. Is this just not possible? I don't see any mention of such
limitations on man pages such as utime(2), though.

Alan Ford * address@hidden 

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