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fstat: get file status
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fstat - get file status
The fstat() function shall obtain information about an open file associated with the file descriptor fildes, and shall write it to the area pointed to by buf.
If fildes references a shared memory object, the implementation shall update in the stat structure pointed to by the buf argument only the st_uid, st_gid, st_size, and st_mode fields, and only the S_IRUSR, S_IWUSR, S_IRGRP, S_IWGRP, S_IROTH, and S_IWOTH file permission bits need be valid. The implementation may update other fields and flags.
If fildes references a typed memory object, the implementation shall update in the stat structure pointed to by the buf argument only the st_uid, st_gid, st_size, and st_mode fields, and only the S_IRUSR, S_IWUSR, S_IRGRP, S_IWGRP, S_IROTH, and S_IWOTH file permission bits need be valid. The implementation may update other fields and flags.
The buf argument is a pointer to a stat structure, as defined in <sys/stat.h>, into which information is placed concerning the file.
The structure members st_mode, st_ino, st_dev, st_uid, st_gid, st_atime, st_ctime, and st_mtime shall have meaningful values for all other file types defined in this volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001. The value of the member st_nlink shall be set to the number of links to the file.
An implementation that provides additional or alternative file access control mechanisms may, under implementation-defined conditions, cause fstat() to fail.
The fstat() function shall fail if:
- The fildes argument is not a valid file descriptor.
- An I/O error occurred while reading from the file system.
The file size in bytes or the number of blocks allocated to the file
or the file serial number cannot be represented correctly
in the structure pointed to by buf.
The fstat() function may fail if:
One of the values is too large to store into the structure pointed
to by the buf argument.
Obtaining File Status Information
The following example shows how to obtain file status information for a file named /home/cnd/mod1. The structure variable buffer is defined for the stat structure. The /home/cnd/mod1 file is opened with read/write privileges and is passed to the open file descriptor fildes.
#include <sys/types.h> #include <sys/stat.h> #include <fcntl.h> struct stat buffer; int status; ... fildes = open("/home/cnd/mod1", O_RDWR); status = fstat(fildes, &buffer);
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