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0036501FPCRTLpublic2020-01-02 15:10
ReporterdevEric69Assigned ToFlorian 
Status resolvedResolutionfixed 
PlatformOSLinuxOS Versionext3 versus ext4
Product Version3.0.4Product Build 
Target VersionFixed in Version3.3.1 
Summary0036501: Request for improvement, to obtain the creation date of a file under Linux formatted in *ext4*
DescriptionCurrently, RTL makes it possible to retrieve the creation date with:
- function FpStat (unit BaseUnix). The resulting record Stat has parts, where we are looking for:
         Last access time: st_atime
         Last modification time: st_mtime
         Creation time: st_ctime

It worked and it works... still for an *ext3* filesystem.
But it no longer returns the file creation date, for a Linux *ext4* filesystem.
For a Linux *ext4* filesystem, there's a new function named statx, with its new Info structure:

The new system call is:

   int ret = statx(int dfd,
         const char *filename,
         unsigned int flags,
         unsigned int mask,
         struct statx *buffer);"

Steps To Reproduce- This conversation:,47956.msg344767.html#msg344767 .
- On the official Gihub site of Linux Torvalds ( ) where the Linux kernel is managed, it is written:
"statx : Add a system call to make enhanced file info available.
statx function add a system call, to make extended file information available, including
*file creation* and some attribute flags where available through the
underlying filesystem.../..."
Additional InformationIf it could be useful, I post a function in Pascal to retrieve the formatting (ext3, ext4, etc) of a machine:

Explanations: add in a TStringlist parameter, all the filesystem under Linux: ext2, ext3, etx4, ...
procedure GetListeFileSystems(var o_slFileSystems: TStringList);
  F: TextFile;
  S: string;
  AssignFile(F, '/proc/filesystems');
    Readln(F, S);
    if Pos('nodev', S) = 0 then
  until Eof(F);
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Fixed in Revision43837
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Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2020-01-02 10:38 devEric69 New Issue
2020-01-02 15:10 Florian Assigned To => Florian
2020-01-02 15:10 Florian Status new => resolved
2020-01-02 15:10 Florian Resolution open => fixed
2020-01-02 15:10 Florian Fixed in Version => 3.3.1
2020-01-02 15:10 Florian Fixed in Revision => 43837
2020-01-02 15:10 Florian FPCTarget => -