DEBUGFS Command – Show File Creation Times in Linux

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8 Responses

  1. Lorell Hathcock says:

    Does this work on files that were created on a different server but have been copied to the server where I can issue the above commands on CLI?

  2. pezcurrel says:

    As of (at least) e2fsprogs version 1.44.1 there’s no need to find out the inode number in advance, you can pass the file path itself omitting the “”, like this…

    $ sudo debugfs -R 'stat /path/to/file' /dev/sdxX
  3. Ievgen Sobko says:

    How can modification date proceed creation date.

    mtime: 0x5628ae91:38568be0 -- Thu Oct 22 15:08:25 2015
    crtime: 0x579ed684:8fd54a34 -- Mon Aug  1 10:26:36 2016

    Or am I missing something?

  4. Peter Leung says:

    Did not work for me:

    $ sudo debugfs -R 'stat 14156716' /dev/sda1
    debugfs 1.43.4 (31-Jan-2017)
    14156716: File not found by ext2_lookup

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