Set a files timestamp or copy a file with identical date

David T. Lewis lewis at
Tue May 10 19:30:26 UTC 2005

On Tue, May 10, 2005 at 07:49:37PM +0200, Herbert König wrote:
> Hello Tim,
> TR> It's horrible, unclean, tacky but it works reliably and is implemented on all
> TR> platforms but Windwos - which ought top be utterly trivial to fix if you care.
> in my digital signal processing world things are utterly trivial done in
> assembly (after I fought with it for about five years) but others
> roll their eyes when I say this.
> In squeak everything is still new and I'm on the other side :-))

If you're happy writing assembler, you'll be happy with slang.  Load
the VMMaker package from SqueakMap. This gives you everything you need.
There are lots of plugins (all named "*Plugin") that you can look at
for examples.  For what you are trying to do, you won't even need to
write any C (or assembler), just a few lines of slang that get translated
to C.


> TR> For usage, scan the VMMaker code for
> TR> VMMaker>primitiveCopyFileNamed:to: for
> TR> example.
> I've understood that I need to find the (slang? C?) code for the
> primitive, so where can that be found?
> On the swiki I read the named primitive tutorial and I feel confident
> that I could build a dll that does the job and call it. But this is
> even less elegant than my batch approach.
> So if you care please give me a short outline (or a pointer to one) on
> how to go about this.
> I've read the VMMAKER article on the swiki and for now I fear that
> would be the only way to go?
> Best regards,
> Herbert                            mailto:herbertkoenig at

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