I'm using the stat function in perl to obtain an array of elements that describe the files being examined. One of the elements in the array is the file's date of last access made by anyone. However, the act of reading the file's date of last access changes that value to the date/time that the file's date of last access is read, which is the current date and time. Is there a way to read the file's date of last access without changing it in the process?
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