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Old 02-26-2016, 07:49 AM   #1
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Combine code and to get file modify, access and change timestamp result

Hi, I am a newbie in Linux. I hope someone can guide me through. I wanted to do a C program such that it can display the following output:
1) the type of file
2) access permissions
3) size of the file
4) inode number
5) modify, access and change timestamp.

I got some code from the internet and combine a little of my edited code.

#include <string.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <sys/stat.h>
#include <sys/types.h>

int main( int argc, char *argv[] )
int i; struct stat buf; char *p;
for (i = 1; i < argc; i++)
printf("%s: ", argv[i]);
if ( lstat(argv[i], &buf) < 0 ) 
perror("lstat error"); continue; 
if( S_ISREG( buf.st_mode ) ) p = "regular file";
else if ( S_ISDIR( buf.st_mode ) ) p = "directory";
else if ( S_ISCHR( buf.st_mode ) ) p = "character special";
else if ( S_ISBLK( buf.st_mode ) ) p = "block special";
else if ( S_ISFIFO( buf.st_mode ) ) p = "fifo";
else if ( S_ISLNK( buf.st_mode ) ) p = "symbolic link";
else if ( S_ISSOCK( buf.st_mode ) ) p = "socket";
else p = "**unknown file type";


int main(int argc, char **argv)
    if(argc != 2)    
        return 1;

    struct stat fileStat;
    if(stat(argv[1],&fileStat) < 0)    
        return 1;

    printf("Output Data %s\n",argv[1]);
    printf("Size of the File: \t\t%d bytes\n",fileStat.st_size);
    printf("No. of Links: \t%d\n",fileStat.st_nlink);
    printf("File inode: \t\t%d\n",fileStat.st_ino);
    printf("%s\n", p); /* print file type */

    printf("File Permissions: \t");
    printf( (S_ISDIR(fileStat.st_mode)) ? "d" : "-");
    printf( (fileStat.st_mode & S_IRUSR) ? "r" : "-");
    printf( (fileStat.st_mode & S_IWUSR) ? "w" : "-");
    printf( (fileStat.st_mode & S_IXUSR) ? "x" : "-");
    printf( (fileStat.st_mode & S_IRGRP) ? "r" : "-");
    printf( (fileStat.st_mode & S_IWGRP) ? "w" : "-");
    printf( (fileStat.st_mode & S_IXGRP) ? "x" : "-");
    printf( (fileStat.st_mode & S_IROTH) ? "r" : "-");
    printf( (fileStat.st_model & S_IWOTH) ? "w" : "-");
    printf( (fileStat.st_mode & S_IXOTH) ? "x" : "-");

    return 0;

I have done the first four points however, when I tried to compile and run, there are some errors.
test.c: In function ‘main’:
test.c:40:5: warning: format ‘%d’ expects argument of type ‘int’, but argument 2 has type ‘__off_t’ [-Wformat=]
printf("File Size: \t\t%d bytes\n",fileStat.st_size);
test.c:41:5: warning: format ‘%d’ expects argument of type ‘int’, but argument 2 has type ‘__nlink_t’ [-Wformat=]
printf("Number of Links: \t%d\n",fileStat.st_nlink);
test.c:42:5: warning: format ‘%d’ expects argument of type ‘int’, but argument 2 has type ‘__ino_t’ [-Wformat=]
printf("File inode: \t\t%d\n",fileStat.st_ino);
test.c:54:22: error: ‘struct stat’ has no member named ‘st_model’
printf( (fileStat.st_model & S_IWOTH) ? "w" : "-");
And as for the last point, I am aware that I need to use "stat" to run but I am unsure how to do so. Please assist me. Thanks

Last edited by justin0212; 02-27-2016 at 02:00 AM. Reason: able to identify one error however, error still persisit
Old 02-28-2016, 03:10 PM   #2
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All of those are integer data types, and what you can do is cast them into int to get rid of the warnings. it
would pay to check the sizes as size_t may be a long long depending on your system.

tricky hint, you can always print "sizeof(off_t)" to see how many bytes it is, if 4, then it is an int, if 8 it is a long long. You can use the same check to see what the sizes are of the others too.

And your st_model is a typographic error.


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