Originally Posted by MemoryLeak
If I understand your problem correctly, the 'touch' command may be what you are looking for. Assuming that your system clock is accurate, touch should update the timestamp to the current time. The touch command also allows you to set the date yourself with the --date=STRING option.
Please try 'man touch' to see if it will help you. You may need to touch files in at least one directory recursively, and possibly as the root user.
I hope this helps.
Yes. THANK YOU!!!
I took a look at the touch man page and decided to use the '--reference=' method.
I created a file thus:>touch timefile
Then I did
:>touch -c --reference=timefile *
:>touch -c --reference=timefile *.*
:>touch -c --reference=timefile ./.* # to change any hidden files and dirs without extentions, and
:>touch -c --reference=timefile ./.*.* # to change the " files having extentions.
I did not see a way to parse directories so it's a matter of changing to those dirs and repeat above. I was able to do it in my home dir without sudo or root access.
Now I'm going to see if I can boot X. I will report back for the sake of future users referencing these posts.