In Unix-like systems such as Linux, everything is considered a file, and all information about a file (metadata or file attributes such as creation time, last modification etc…), except the actual file content are stored in an inode and Linux identifies each and every file by its inode number other than the human readable filename.
In addition, the Linux stat program is a useful utility for displaying file or file system status. It shows information such as inode number, time of file birth, last data modification, last access, last status change and much more. We will combine both programs to find actual file creation time in Linux.
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