atime and ctime?
Date: 11 Feb 2005 06:32:01 -0800
I'm a little confused about something. I understand what the mysterious
ctime is, time of last status change (NOT 'creation' time), and what
the less mysterious atime is, access time. However I read in a previous
post that atime is often useless as it's kind of overkill. However, in
another post (or the same one, can't remember), it was mentioned that
if the atime is changed, that will also change the ctime. So, two
things with regard to this, if it's true:
1) How then, is ctime any more useful than atime? I can see the obvious
advantages if changing the atime DOES NOT change the ctime. Some
2) And more importantly and confusingly, how is it that I have files on
my machine whose atime is more recent than their ctime? If my above
statement is true regarding atime changing ctime, logically, ctime can
never be less than the atime. It can certainly be greater than or equal
to the atime, but never less than.