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Old 07-10-2007, 02:12 PM   #1
khanrockz
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'Stat' getting infro from a symlink


Hi guys !
I have a quick question. I have a symlink which points to file in directory. Now I need to run 'stat' on the original file. The symlink is dynamic and keeps on pointing to different locations in different times. But when I run 'stat' on this symlink it gives me the properties of the symlink , not the file it is pointing to. How can I get the modified date of the actual file it is pointing to rather than the symlink ? any ideas ?


Code:
[Testing: /tmp]$ stat /iso 
  File: `/iso' -> `/misc/2007.bin'
  Size: 46              Blocks: 0          IO Block: 4096   symbolic link
Device: 1h/1d   Inode: 4573        Links: 1
Access: (0777/lrwxrwxrwx)  Uid: (    0/    root)   Gid: (    0/    root)
Access: 2007-07-10 11:10:48.817069000 +0000
Modify: 2007-07-10 10:36:52.633381000 +0000
Change: 2007-07-10 10:36:52.633381000 +0000

[Testing: /tmp]$ stat /misc/2007.bin 
  File: `/misc/2007.bin'
  Size: 38211864        Blocks: 74728      IO Block: 4096   regular file
Device: 801h/2049d      Inode: 14          Links: 1
Access: (0444/-r--r--r--)  Uid: (    0/    root)   Gid: (    0/    root)
Access: 2007-07-10 10:59:30.000000000 +0000
Modify: 2007-07-10 10:34:04.000000000 +0000
Change: 2007-07-10 10:34:04.000000000 +0000
You can see they are different.
 
Old 07-10-2007, 02:18 PM   #2
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Type the following at the command line:

Code:
man 1 stat
and all will be revealed.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 07-10-2007, 03:47 PM   #3
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yeah ... thanks .. i got it .. its "stat -L <linkname>". Do you know how can I retrieve just modification date from it ? I mean using awk or anything , how can I get just the modified date ?
 
Old 07-10-2007, 09:57 PM   #4
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Is this what you want it to do?
Code:
stat -L /iso | grep Modify | awk {'print $2 $3 $4'}
 
  


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