SUMMARY Perl script perplexity

From: Mike Rhyner x6-2354 (
Date: Wed Mar 08 1995 - 17:01:38 CST

Original issue:
I am running the following PERL script and the
results should list out file info on a filename
argument passed to the script. Pretty simple, however
the output for the 'creation date' and 'last modified
date' are always the same.

Many responses indicated the following from Casper Dik:

There's no such thing as a "creation date" in Unix. The ctime
is the time of inode last change. This is often the same as
mtime as each file modification also change the inode.

Try chmod on a file and see if ctime and mtime differ.

Thanks to everyone who responded,


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