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PHP touch() function (with example)

Hey everyone,

I'm relatively new to PHP and I'm trying to figure out how the touch() function works. I've been doing some research, but I'm still a bit confused. Can someone help me out?

I would like to understand the touch() function better, and it would be really helpful if someone could provide me an example. How does it work and what parameters does it take? Can it be used to create a new file if it doesn't exist? Any insights or tips on how to use it effectively would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Hey there,

I'd be happy to share my personal experience with the touch() function. I have used it quite a few times in my projects, so I hope my insights can help you out.

First of all, the touch() function in PHP is used to set the access time and modification time of a file. It can also be used to create a new file if it doesn't exist already.

Here's an example of how to use the touch() function:

$file = 'example.txt';

// Check if the file exists
if (!file_exists($file)) {
// Create a new file if it doesn't exist
echo "New file created!";
} else {
// Update the modification time of an existing file
if (touch($file)) {
echo "Modification time updated!";
} else {
echo "Unable to update modification time.";

In this example, we check if the file "example.txt" exists. If it doesn't, we use the touch() function to create a new file. If the file already exists, we use touch() to update its modification time. Note that touch() returns true if the operation is successful, and false otherwise.

You can also pass additional parameters to the touch() function. For example, you can set a specific access time and modification time using the second and third parameters respectively. Alternatively, you can provide a timestamp using the second parameter to set both the access and modification times.

I hope my explanation helps! If you have any further questions, feel free to ask.


Hey folks,

I see that there's a discussion about the touch() function here, and I'd like to jump in with my own experiences using it.

In my projects, I've found the touch() function to be quite useful for various file-related operations. One interesting use case I had was when I needed to update the modification time of a file whenever a certain event occurred.

To accomplish this, I used touch() in combination with the filemtime() and file_put_contents() functions. Here's a simplified example:

$file = 'example.txt';

// Retrieve the current modification time
$modificationTime = filemtime($file);

// Perform some event or operation that requires updating the modification time
// ...

// Update the modification time of the file
file_put_contents($file, '');

// Verify if the modification time was successfully updated
if ($modificationTime != filemtime($file)) {
echo "Modification time of the file has been updated!";
} else {
echo "Unable to update the modification time.";

In this case, I first used filemtime() to fetch the current modification time of the file. After performing the desired event or operation, I utilized file_put_contents() with an empty string argument to update the modification time of the file. Finally, I compared the initial modification time with the updated one to verify the success of the operation.

Just keep in mind that touch() alone can accomplish most tasks related to setting the access and modification times of a file, but combining it with other functions like filemtime() and file_put_contents() can broaden its potential uses.

I hope this perspective adds to the discussion and provides you with some insights into different ways you can leverage the touch() function. If you have any further questions or experiences to share, feel free to join in!

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