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How can tar backup file access timestamps so it is included somewhere in the *.tar file? I couldn't find this in the docs, the closest was --atime-preserve, which preserves access times on the source file system, but says nothing about what goes into the tar file.

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Are you asking if/how you can timestamp a tar backup or just a yes it can, no it can't answer? – Matthew Williams Mar 5 '14 at 9:34
I've tried to clear things up, I would like an example if this is possible. – simonzack Mar 5 '14 at 9:37

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It can't. The access time doesn't get stored in the file headers.

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