[PATCH] Ext4: Make file creation time, i_version and i_generation available by xattrs

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Tue Jun 29 16:59:44 MDT 2010

On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 11:44:37PM +0100, David Howells wrote:
> Jeremy Allison <jra at samba.org> wrote:
> > We already have code in Samba to detect "birthtime"
> > (st_btime) as a returned member of a stat struct.
> Is it, though?
> Googling for st_btime suggests it could also be taken as the time last
> archived.  That may just be a NetWareism though.

It's a *BSD'ism.


     #if defined(_NETBSD_SOURCE)
         struct timespec st_birthtimespec;   /* time of inode creation */
         time_t    st_birthtime;             /* time of inode creation */
         long      st_birthtimensec;         /* nsec of inode creation */


st_birthtime  Time when the inode was created.

Of course, for Samba's use we also have to be
able to *write* to st_birthtime as Windows clients
can change this. But that's what the EA is for
(and I'm happy with a system that can only read
st_birthtime, not write it).


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