Summary: How to get the create time of a file

From: Christopher L. Barnard <>
Date: Thu Sep 11 2008 - 23:19:02 EDT
I asked:

> I need to determine the time at which time a file was first created.
> The most recent edit timestamp is easy, and specifying a file older
> than a certain number of days is easy, but I have not had luck with
> finding out a way of determining when a particular file was created.
> Does anyone know how that would be done?

The answer is:
It cannot be done.  UFS does not keep that information.  Several  
people mentioned gnu and other 3rd party add-ons, but since they would  
still be reliant upon the underlying filesystem I would be suspicious  
if they work.

Thanks to the many many people who responded.

Christopher L. Barnard
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