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STAT(3)			   Library Functions Manual		       STAT(3)

NAME
       stat,  fstat,  wstat,  fwstat,  dirstat,	dirfstat, dirwstat, dirfwstat,
       nulldir - get and put file status

SYNOPSIS
       #include	<u.h>
       #include	<libc.h>

       int stat(char *name, uchar *edir, int nedir)

       int fstat(int fd, uchar *edir, int nedir)

       int wstat(char *name, uchar *edir, int nedir)

       int fwstat(int fd, uchar	*edir, int nedir)

       Dir* dirstat(char *name)

       Dir* dirfstat(int fd)

       int dirwstat(char *name,	Dir *dir)

       int dirfwstat(int fd, Dir *dir)

       void nulldir(Dir	*d)

DESCRIPTION
       Given a file's name, or an open file descriptor fd, these routines  re-
       trieve  or modify file status information.  Stat, fstat,	wstat, and fw-
       stat are	the system calls; they deal with machine-independent directory
       entries.	 Their format is defined by stat(9p).  Stat and	fstat retrieve
       information about name or fd into edir, a buffer	of length  nedir,  de-
       fined  in  <libc.h>.   Wstat  and  fwstat  write	information back, thus
       changing	file attributes	according to the contents of edir.   The  data
       returned	 from  the  kernel includes its	leading	16-bit length field as
       described in intro(9p).	For symmetry, this field must also be  present
       when  passing data to the kernel	in a call to wstat and fwstat, but its
       value is	ignored.

       Dirstat,	dirfstat, dirwstat, and	dirfwstat are similar to  their	 coun-
       terparts, except	that they operate on Dir structures:

	      typedef
	      struct Dir {
		    /* system-modified data */
		    uint  type;	   /* server type */
		    uint  dev;	   /* server subtype */
		    /* file data */
		    Qid	  qid;	   /* unique id	from server */
		    ulong mode;	   /* permissions */
		    ulong atime;   /* last read	time */
		    ulong mtime;   /* last write time */
		    vlong length;  /* file length: see <u.h> */
		    char  *name;   /* last element of path */
		    char  *uid;	   /* owner name */
		    char  *gid;	   /* group name */
		    char  *muid;   /* last modifier name */
	      }	Dir;

       The  returned structure is allocated by freeing it also frees the asso-
       ciated strings.

       This structure and the Qid structure are	defined	in <libc.h>.   If  the
       file  resides  on  permanent storage and	is not a directory, the	length
       returned	by stat	is the number of bytes in the file.  For  directories,
       the  length  returned is	zero.  For files that are streams (e.g., pipes
       and network connections), the length is the number of bytes that	can be
       read without blocking.

       Each  file  is  the  responsibility  of some server: it could be	a file
       server, a kernel	device,	or a user process.  Type identifies the	server
       type,  and dev says which of a group of servers of the same type	is the
       one responsible for this	file.  Qid is a	structure containing path  and
       vers  fields: path is guaranteed	to be unique among all path names cur-
       rently on the file server, and vers changes each	time the file is modi-
       fied.   The path	is a long long (64 bits, vlong)	and the	vers is	an un-
       signed long (32 bits, ulong).  Thus, if two files have the  same	 type,
       dev, and	qid they are the same file.

       The bits	in mode	are defined by

	     0x80000000	  directory
	     0x40000000	  append only
	     0x20000000	  exclusive use	(locked)
	   0x00800000	  Unix device file
	     0x00400000	  symbolic link
	     0x00200000	  named	pipe
	     0x00100000	  socket

		   0400	  read permission by owner
		   0200	  write	permission by owner
		   0100	  execute permission (search on	directory) by owner
		   0070	  read,	write, execute (search)	by group
		   0007	  read,	write, execute (search)	by others

       There  are  constants  defined in <libc.h> for these bits: DMDIR, DMAP-
       PEND, and DMEXCL	for the	first three; and DMREAD, DMWRITE,  and	DMEXEC
       for the read, write, and	execute	bits for others.

       The  two	 time  fields  are  measured in	seconds	since the epoch	(Jan 1
       00:00 1970 GMT).	 Mtime is the time of  the  last  change  of  content.
       Similarly, atime	is set whenever	the contents are accessed; also, it is
       set whenever mtime is set.

       Uid and gid are the names of the	owner and group	of the file;  muid  is
       the  name  of  the  user	 that  last modified the file (setting mtime).
       Groups are also users, but each server is free to associate a  list  of
       users  with  any	 user name g, and that list is the set of users	in the
       group g.	 When an initial attachment is made  to	 a  server,  the  user
       string  in  the process group is	communicated to	the server.  Thus, the
       server knows, for any given file	access,	whether	the accessing  process
       is the owner of,	or in the group	of, the	file.  This selects which sets
       of three	bits in	mode is	used to	check permissions.

       Only some of the	fields may be changed with the wstat calls.  The  name
       can be changed by anyone	with write permission in the parent directory.
       The mode	and mtime can be changed by the	owner or the group  leader  of
       the file's current group.  The gid can be changed: by the owner if also
       a member	of the new group; or by	the group leader of the	file's current
       group  if also leader of	the new	group (see intro(9p) for more informa-
       tion about permissions, users, and groups).  The	length can be  changed
       by  anyone with write permission, provided the operation	is implemented
       by the server.  (See intro(9p) for permission, user, and	group informa-
       tion).

       Special	values	in the fields of the Dir passed	to wstat indicate that
       the field is not	intended to be changed by the call.   The  values  are
       the  maximum  unsigned  integer of appropriate size for integral	values
       (usually	~0, but	beware of conversions and size mismatches when compar-
       ing values) and the empty or nil	string for string values.  The routine
       nulldir initializes all the elements of d to these ``don't care''  val-
       ues.   Thus  one	 may change the	mode, for example, by using nulldir to
       initialize a Dir, then setting the mode,	and then doing	wstat;	it  is
       not necessary to	use stat to retrieve the initial values	first.

SOURCE
       /src/lib9/dirstat.c

SEE ALSO
       stat(9p)

DIAGNOSTICS
       The  dir	 functions return a pointer to the data	for a successful call,
       or nil on error.	 The others return the number of bytes copied on  suc-
       cess, or	-1 on error.  All set errstr.

       If the buffer for stat or fstat is too short for	the returned data, the
       return value will be BIT16SZ (see and the two bytes returned will  con-
       tain  the initial count field of	the returned data; retrying with nedir
       equal to	that value plus	BIT16SZ	(for the count itself) should succeed.

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