In *nix is all about text files, Let it be the costly piece of hardware that you brought or just some configuration setting to your favorite programs everything is humbled down to be a simple text file. Alright creating a new file doesn't necessarily mean opening your favorite editor pico or vi. There are quite faster ways for creating blank files on the shell, tell me find any simpler method. ;) Touch happens to be the standard way to create a blank file but that means I have to type five characters ( t o u c h ) being a lazy typist I use a much simpler method.
$ touch testfile $ ls -l -rw-r--r-- 1 arky arky 0 Mar 23 22:31 testfileMy hack is using the standard shell redirect operator > which does save some typing. ;)
$ > testfile2 $ ls -l -rw-r--r-- 1 arky arky 0 Mar 23 22:31 testfile -rw-r--r-- 1 arky arky 0 Mar 23 22:31 testfile2