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Old 08-08-2013, 12:28 AM   #1
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What is dtime?


I recently read a book in which has an explanation of i-node table:

"i-node tables i-node tables are stored here. Every file has a corresponding i-node
table which holds meta-data of the file such as file mode, uid, gid,atime, ctime, mtime, dtime, and pointer to the data block.

My question is what is dtime?

Thanks in advance.
Old 08-08-2013, 01:29 AM   #2
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dtime is deletion time.
if you look at the header files regarding ext2 filesystems, and you'll soon find out that there is a struct member in the inode structure called i_dtime. The explanation is right beside it. Deletion time.

Generally the message occurrs in terms of
Deleted Inode Has Zero dtime
cause of an improper shutdown.


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