Dolphin service menu help: preserve file timestamp

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at
Fri Dec 17 15:42:41 GMT 2010

On Friday, 2010-12-17, Dotan Cohen wrote:
> Hi all, I have a Dolphin service menu that converts from CP1255 to UTF-8:
> Exec=iconv -f CP1255 -t UTF-8 %u > %f-utf8
> However, it is important to me that the file's timestamp not be
> altered. How would I go about doing this? Would I need to write a bash
> script then call that from the Exec line, instead of doing it all in
> the .desktop file itself?

Well, since you are modifying the file it is natural that this updates the 
modification timestamp.

What you could try to do is to get the current timestamp before modification 
and then restore it using touch.

Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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