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STAT(2)				 System calls			       STAT(2)

NAME

stat, fstat, lstat - get file status

SYNOPSIS

#include <sys/types.h> #include <sys/stat.h> #include <unistd.h> int stat(const char *file_name, struct stat *buf); int fstat(int filedes, struct stat *buf); int lstat(const char *file_name, struct stat *buf);

DESCRIPTION

These functions return information about the specified file. You do not need any access rights to the file to get this information but you need search rights to all directories named in the path leading to the file. stat stats the file pointed to by file_name and fills in buf. lstat is identical to stat, except in the case of a symbolic link, where the link itself is stat-ed, not the file that it refers to. fstat is identical to stat, only the open file pointed to by filedes (as returned by open(2)) is stat-ed in place of file_name. They all return a stat structure, which contains the following fields: struct stat { dev_t st_dev; /* device */ ino_t st_ino; /* inode */ mode_t st_mode; /* protection */ nlink_t st_nlink; /* number of hard links */ uid_t st_uid; /* user ID of owner */ gid_t st_gid; /* group ID of owner */ dev_t st_rdev; /* device type (if inode device) */ off_t st_size; /* total size, in bytes */ blksize_t st_blksize; /* blocksize for filesystem I/O */ blkcnt_t st_blocks; /* number of blocks allocated */ time_t st_atime; /* time of last access */ time_t st_mtime; /* time of last modification */ time_t st_ctime; /* time of last change */ }; The value st_size gives the size of the file (if it is a regular file or a symlink) in bytes. The size of a symlink is the length of the pathname it contains, without trailing NUL. The value st_blocks gives the size of the file in 512-byte blocks. (This may be smaller than st_size/512 e.g. when the file has holes.) The value st_blksize gives the "preferred" blocksize for efficient file system I/O. (Writing to a file in smaller chunks may cause an ineffi- cient read-modify-rewrite.) Not all of the Linux filesystems implement all of the time fields. Some file system types allow mounting in such a way that file accesses do not cause an update of the st_atime field. (See `noatime' in mount(8).) The field st_atime is changed by file accesses, e.g. by execve(2), mknod(2), pipe(2), utime(2) and read(2) (of more than zero bytes). Other routines, like mmap(2), may or may not update st_atime. The field st_mtime is changed by file modifications, e.g. by mknod(2), truncate(2), utime(2) and write(2) (of more than zero bytes). More- over, st_mtime of a directory is changed by the creation or deletion of files in that directory. The st_mtime field is not changed for changes in owner, group, hard link count, or mode. The field st_ctime is changed by writing or by setting inode informa- tion (i.e., owner, group, link count, mode, etc.). The following POSIX macros are defined to check the file type: S_ISREG(m) is it a regular file? S_ISDIR(m) directory? S_ISCHR(m) character device? S_ISBLK(m) block device? S_ISFIFO(m) fifo? S_ISLNK(m) symbolic link? (Not in POSIX.1-1996.) S_ISSOCK(m) socket? (Not in POSIX.1-1996.) The following flags are defined for the st_mode field: S_IFMT 0170000 bitmask for the file type bitfields S_IFSOCK 0140000 socket S_IFLNK 0120000 symbolic link S_IFREG 0100000 regular file S_IFBLK 0060000 block device S_IFDIR 0040000 directory S_IFCHR 0020000 character device S_IFIFO 0010000 fifo S_ISUID 0004000 set UID bit S_ISGID 0002000 set GID bit (see below) S_ISVTX 0001000 sticky bit (see below) S_IRWXU 00700 mask for file owner permissions S_IRUSR 00400 owner has read permission S_IWUSR 00200 owner has write permission S_IXUSR 00100 owner has execute permission S_IRWXG 00070 mask for group permissions S_IRGRP 00040 group has read permission S_IWGRP 00020 group has write permission S_IXGRP 00010 group has execute permission S_IRWXO 00007 mask for permissions for others (not in group) S_IROTH 00004 others have read permission S_IWOTH 00002 others have write permisson S_IXOTH 00001 others have execute permission The set GID bit (S_ISGID) has several special uses: For a directory it indicates that BSD semantics is to be used for that directory: files created there inherit their group ID from the directory, not from the effective gid of the creating process, and directories created there will also get the S_ISGID bit set. For a file that does not have the group execution bit (S_IXGRP) set, it indicates mandatory file/record locking. The `sticky' bit (S_ISVTX) on a directory means that a file in that directory can be renamed or deleted only by the owner of the file, by the owner of the directory, and by root.

RETURN VALUE

On success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.

ERRORS

EBADF filedes is bad. ENOENT A component of the path file_name does not exist, or the path is an empty string. ENOTDIR A component of the path is not a directory. ELOOP Too many symbolic links encountered while traversing the path. EFAULT Bad address. EACCES Permission denied. ENOMEM Out of memory (i.e. kernel memory). ENAMETOOLONG File name too long.

CONFORMING TO

The stat and fstat calls conform to SVr4, SVID, POSIX, X/OPEN, BSD 4.3. The lstat call conforms to 4.3BSD and SVr4. SVr4 documents additional fstat error conditions EINTR, ENOLINK, and EOVERFLOW. SVr4 documents additional stat and lstat error conditions EACCES, EINTR, EMULTIHOP, ENOLINK, and EOVERFLOW. Use of the st_blocks and st_blksize fields may be less portable. (They were introduced in BSD. Are not specified by POSIX. The interpretation differs between systems, and possibly on a single system when NFS mounts are involved.) POSIX does not describe the S_IFMT, S_IFSOCK, S_IFLNK, S_IFREG, S_IFBLK, S_IFDIR, S_IFCHR, S_IFIFO, S_ISVTX bits, but instead demands the use of the macros S_ISDIR(), etc. The S_ISLNK and S_ISSOCK macros are not in POSIX.1-1996, but both will be in the next POSIX standard; the former is from SVID 4v2, the latter from SUSv2. Unix V7 (and later systems) had S_IREAD, S_IWRITE, S_IEXEC, where POSIX prescribes the synonyms S_IRUSR, S_IWUSR, S_IXUSR.

OTHER SYSTEMS

Values that have been (or are) in use on various systems: hex name ls octal description f000 S_IFMT 170000 mask for file type 0000 000000 SCO out-of-service inode, BSD unknown type SVID-v2 and XPG2 have both 0 and 0100000 for ordinary file 1000 S_IFIFO p| 010000 fifo (named pipe) 2000 S_IFCHR c 020000 character special (V7) 3000 S_IFMPC 030000 multiplexed character special (V7) 4000 S_IFDIR d/ 040000 directory (V7) 5000 S_IFNAM 050000 XENIX named special file with two subtypes, distinguished by st_rdev values 1, 2: 0001 S_INSEM s 000001 XENIX semaphore subtype of IFNAM 0002 S_INSHD m 000002 XENIX shared data subtype of IFNAM 6000 S_IFBLK b 060000 block special (V7) 7000 S_IFMPB 070000 multiplexed block special (V7) 8000 S_IFREG - 100000 regular (V7) 9000 S_IFCMP 110000 VxFS compressed 9000 S_IFNWK n 110000 network special (HP-UX) a000 S_IFLNK l@ 120000 symbolic link (BSD) b000 S_IFSHAD 130000 Solaris shadow inode for ACL (not seen by userspace) c000 S_IFSOCK s= 140000 socket (BSD; also "S_IFSOC" on VxFS) d000 S_IFDOOR D> 150000 Solaris door e000 S_IFWHT w% 160000 BSD whiteout (not used for inode) 0200 S_ISVTX 001000 `sticky bit': save swapped text even after use (V7) reserved (SVID-v2) On non-directories: don't cache this file (SunOS) On directories: restricted deletion flag (SVID-v4.2) 0400 S_ISGID 002000 set group ID on execution (V7) for directories: use BSD semantics for propagation of gid 0400 S_ENFMT 002000 SysV file locking enforcement (shared w/ S_ISGID) 0800 S_ISUID 004000 set user ID on execution (V7) 0800 S_CDF 004000 directory is a context dependent file (HP-UX) A sticky command appeared in Version 32V AT&T UNIX.

SEE ALSO

chmod(2), chown(2), readlink(2), utime(2) Linux 1998-05-13 STAT(2)