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Old 09-03-2009, 04:30 PM   #1
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samba - windows files lose "created on" date stamp when moved to samba share on linux


I know linux doesn't support "created on" date stamps consequently when copying or moving files from windows hosts via samba shares to linux box running 2.6.18-128.el5 I lose the 'created on' date stamp for each file.

Is there a config setting in smb.conf option to retain this date stamp or some other work around.

Thanks in advance
 
Old 09-30-2009, 05:35 PM   #2
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If you use the -p parameter while copying with cp, it should preserve the date. (see man cp) Or am I misunderstanding the question?
 
Old 09-30-2009, 08:10 PM   #3
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I agree, try cp -p with one file and let us know what happens. Could be useful for all of us.
Use stat to check all 3 times (atime/ctime/mtime) http://linux.die.net/man/1/stat
 
Old 10-01-2009, 02:40 AM   #4
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I know linux doesn't support "created on" date stamps consequently when copying or moving files from windows hosts via samba shares to linux box running 2.6.18-128.el5 I lose the 'created on' date stamp for each file.

Is there a config setting in smb.conf option to retain this date stamp or some other work around.

Thanks in advance
The problem is that Linux (and Unices in general) don't have a "created-on" date stamp. All appearance to the contrary, the "ctime" date field only reflects the last time a file's inode was changed, which could change for any number of reasons.

This means if you succeeded in getting a creation time, you would have nowhere to put it -- at least, nowhere reliable and immutable.
 
Old 11-09-2009, 04:00 PM   #5
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I agree, try cp -p with one file and let us know what happens. Could be useful for all of us.
Use stat to check all 3 times (atime/ctime/mtime) http://linux.die.net/man/1/stat
jaredk51, I take it your test was unsuccessful.
 
Old 02-19-2010, 03:13 PM   #6
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Sorry guys.... this got pushed above me in the hierarchy and I never looked back.
Its a non-issue for us anymore so I didn't try the fix.

thanks for the replies tho.
 
  


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