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Feb 082010

How to get the file creation time?


Linux never stores file creation time.

You can only get access, modify & change (change of status, e.g. permission) time of a file with stats command

# stats test.txt

stat test.txt
  File: `test.txt'
  Size: 25557           Blocks: 56         IO Block: 4096   regular file
Device: ca01h/51713d    Inode: 32714       Links: 1
Access: (0644/-rw-r--r--)  Uid: ( 1001/    user)   Gid: ( 1000/ user)
Access: 2010-01-02 18:53:46.000000000 +0800
Modify: 1970-01-01 17:13:08.000000000 +0800
Change: 2010-01-02 18:53:46.000000000 +0800

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