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Re: setting file creation time of a date
On 2020-04-30 12:21, Riccardo Mottola wrote:
I have a more programmer question.
Standard POSIX (and thus e.g. linux) handle only the modification date
of the file.
NetBSD, FreeBSD, Darwin/Mac (and even windows) keep also track of the
stat birthtime, birthtimespec, birthtim are the BSD names inside the
I can with lstat get it and on copy of a file, set it using by using
utime(3) or utimensat(3)
But can I set the creation time? I'd like to be able to preserve it when
dealing with files.
Looking at the utimes system call, you can potentially modify the
birthtime through that. But only indirectly, and in one direction.
If you set modification time to something older than birthtime,
birthtime will be changed to modification time.
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