What is the simplest way to create a file using a command-line? Usually I use:

touch filename

But is this the simplest/fastest way?


This will save you five keypresses relative to touch filename


but is not the equivalent of touch as it will truncate filename if it exists. The following does what you want


but note that it is not equivalent to touch either, as it does not update filename's modification timestamp.

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    Could also add alias t='touch' to your .bashrc :P – azz Sep 23 '13 at 9:19

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