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Old 06-02-2009, 05:58 PM   #1
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Question File creation date of vfat / fat32 files on linux


I have a vfat USB drive mounted on linux as vfat.
Since the vfat / fat32 timestamps also have a file creation time, is there any way to get the file creation time for all files on the USB ?
I tried using the FAT_IOCTL_GET_ATTRIBUTES ioctl which returns the dos attributes.
However I did not get any system call / ioctl / tool which will read the dos timestamps in linux.
 
Old 06-03-2009, 04:55 AM   #2
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Isn't it just a conceptual case of MAC times being handled differently? Doesn't 'stat -c "%Z %N" /path/to/file' return a ctime value which VFAT and NTFS use as creation time?
 
Old 06-03-2009, 01:37 PM   #3
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No it does not.
From my windows box when I checked the creation time of the file on the USB it gave this -- Tue May 26 13:33:49 PDT 2009

And none of the timestamps returned by the stat match this --
stat download.JPG
File: `download.JPG'
Size: 223271 Blocks: 440 IO Block: 4096 regular file
Device: 801h/2049d Inode: 28 Links: 1
Access: (0777/-rwxrwxrwx) Uid: ( 0/ root) Gid: ( 0/ root)
Access: 2009-05-26 13:37:47.000000000 -0700
Modify: 2009-05-26 13:37:47.000000000 -0700
Change: 2009-06-03 10:31:13.000000000 -0700
 
Old 06-03-2009, 06:56 PM   #4
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When I do a 'stat' on a file on a VFAT USB stick and run a forensic imager they both show the same MAC times.
Without more details from you there's not much else to help you with I think.
 
  


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