Provided by: manpages-dev_5.05-1_all bug


       statx - get file status (extended)


       #include <sys/types.h>
       #include <sys/stat.h>
       #include <unistd.h>
       #include <fcntl.h>           /* Definition of AT_* constants */

       int statx(int dirfd, const char *pathname, int flags,
                 unsigned int mask, struct statx *statxbuf);


       This  function  returns  information  about a file, storing it in the buffer pointed to by
       statxbuf.  The returned buffer is a structure of the following type:

           struct statx {
               __u32 stx_mask;        /* Mask of bits indicating
                                         filled fields */
               __u32 stx_blksize;     /* Block size for filesystem I/O */
               __u64 stx_attributes;  /* Extra file attribute indicators */
               __u32 stx_nlink;       /* Number of hard links */
               __u32 stx_uid;         /* User ID of owner */
               __u32 stx_gid;         /* Group ID of owner */
               __u16 stx_mode;        /* File type and mode */
               __u64 stx_ino;         /* Inode number */
               __u64 stx_size;        /* Total size in bytes */
               __u64 stx_blocks;      /* Number of 512B blocks allocated */
               __u64 stx_attributes_mask;
                                      /* Mask to show what's supported
                                         in stx_attributes */

               /* The following fields are file timestamps */
               struct statx_timestamp stx_atime;  /* Last access */
               struct statx_timestamp stx_btime;  /* Creation */
               struct statx_timestamp stx_ctime;  /* Last status change */
               struct statx_timestamp stx_mtime;  /* Last modification */

               /* If this file represents a device, then the next two
                  fields contain the ID of the device */
               __u32 stx_rdev_major;  /* Major ID */
               __u32 stx_rdev_minor;  /* Minor ID */

               /* The next two fields contain the ID of the device
                  containing the filesystem where the file resides */
               __u32 stx_dev_major;   /* Major ID */
               __u32 stx_dev_minor;   /* Minor ID */

       The file timestamps are structures of the following type:

           struct statx_timestamp {
               __s64 tv_sec;    /* Seconds since the Epoch (UNIX time) */
               __u32 tv_nsec;   /* Nanoseconds since tv_sec */

       (Note that reserved space and padding is omitted.)

   Invoking statx():
       To access a file's status, no permissions are required on the file itself, but in the case
       of  statx()  with  a  pathname,  execute  (search)  permission  is  required on all of the
       directories in pathname that lead to the file.

       statx() uses pathname, dirfd, and flags  to  identify  the  target  file  in  one  of  the
       following ways:

       An absolute pathname
              If  pathname  begins  with a slash, then it is an absolute pathname that identifies
              the target file.  In this case, dirfd is ignored.

       A relative pathname
              If pathname is a string that begins with a character other than a slash  and  dirfd
              is  AT_FDCWD,  then pathname is a relative pathname that is interpreted relative to
              the process's current working directory.

       A directory-relative pathname
              If pathname is a string that begins with a character other than a slash  and  dirfd
              is  a  file  descriptor  that  refers  to  a directory, then pathname is a relative
              pathname that is interpreted relative to the directory referred to by dirfd.

       By file descriptor
              If pathname is an empty string and the AT_EMPTY_PATH flag  is  specified  in  flags
              (see  below),  then  the  target file is the one referred to by the file descriptor

       flags can be used to influence a pathname-based lookup.  A value for flags is  constructed
       by ORing together zero or more of the following constants:

              If pathname is an empty string, operate on the file referred to by dirfd (which may
              have been obtained using the open(2) O_PATH flag).  In this case, dirfd  can  refer
              to any type of file, not just a directory.

              If dirfd is AT_FDCWD, the call operates on the current working directory.

              This flag is Linux-specific; define _GNU_SOURCE to obtain its definition.

              Don't  automount  the  terminal  ("basename")  component  of  pathname  if  it is a
              directory that is an automount point.  This allows the caller to gather  attributes
              of  an automount point (rather than the location it would mount).  This flag can be
              used in tools that scan directories to prevent mass-automounting of a directory  of
              automount  points.   The  AT_NO_AUTOMOUNT flag has no effect if the mount point has
              already been mounted over.  This flag  is  Linux-specific;  define  _GNU_SOURCE  to
              obtain its definition.

              If  pathname  is a symbolic link, do not dereference it: instead return information
              about the link itself, like lstat(2).

       flags can also be used to control what sort of synchronization the  kernel  will  do  when
       querying  a  file  on  a remote filesystem.  This is done by ORing in one of the following

              Do whatever stat(2) does.  This  is  the  default  and  is  very  much  filesystem-

              Force  the  attributes to be synchronized with the server.  This may require that a
              network filesystem perform a data writeback to get the timestamps correct.

              Don't synchronize anything, but rather just take whatever the system has cached  if
              possible.   This  may  mean that the information returned is approximate, but, on a
              network filesystem, it may not involve a round trip to the  server  -  even  if  no
              lease is held.

       The  mask  argument  to  statx()  is  used  to  tell the kernel which fields the caller is
       interested in.  mask is an ORed combination of the following constants:

           STATX_TYPE          Want stx_mode & S_IFMT
           STATX_MODE          Want stx_mode & ~S_IFMT
           STATX_NLINK         Want stx_nlink
           STATX_UID           Want stx_uid
           STATX_GID           Want stx_gid
           STATX_ATIME         Want stx_atime
           STATX_MTIME         Want stx_mtime
           STATX_CTIME         Want stx_ctime
           STATX_INO           Want stx_ino
           STATX_SIZE          Want stx_size
           STATX_BLOCKS        Want stx_blocks
           STATX_BASIC_STATS   [All of the above]
           STATX_BTIME         Want stx_btime
           STATX_ALL           [All currently available fields]

       Note that, in general, the kernel does not reject values in mask  other  than  the  above.
       (For  an  exception,  see  EINVAL in errors.)  Instead, it simply informs the caller which
       values are  supported  by  this  kernel  and  filesystem  via  the  statx.stx_mask  field.
       Therefore,  do not simply set mask to UINT_MAX (all bits set), as one or more bits may, in
       the future, be used to specify an extension to the buffer.

   The returned information
       The status information for the target file is returned in the statx structure  pointed  to
       by statxbuf.  Included in this is stx_mask which indicates what other information has been
       returned.  stx_mask has the same format as the mask argument and bits are  set  in  it  to
       indicate which fields have been filled in.

       It  should  be noted that the kernel may return fields that weren't requested and may fail
       to return fields that were requested, depending on what the backing  filesystem  supports.
       (Fields  that  are given values despite being unrequested can just be ignored.)  In either
       case, stx_mask will not be equal mask.

       If a filesystem does not support a field or  if  it  has  an  unrepresentable  value  (for
       instance,  a file with an exotic type), then the mask bit corresponding to that field will
       be cleared in stx_mask even if the user asked for it and a dummy value will be  filled  in
       for compatibility purposes if one is available (e.g., a dummy UID and GID may be specified
       to mount under some circumstances).

       A filesystem may also fill in fields that the caller didn't ask for if it has  values  for
       them  available  and  the information is available at no extra cost.  If this happens, the
       corresponding bits will be set in stx_mask.

       Note: for performance and simplicity reasons, different fields in the statx structure  may
       contain  state information from different moments during the execution of the system call.
       For example, if stx_mode or stx_uid is changed by another process by calling  chmod(2)  or
       chown(2),  stat()  might return the old stx_mode together with the new stx_uid, or the old
       stx_uid together with the new stx_mode.

       Apart from stx_mask (which is described above), the fields in the statx structure are:

              The "preferred" block size for efficient filesystem I/O.  (Writing  to  a  file  in
              smaller chunks may cause an inefficient read-modify-rewrite.)

              Further status information about the file (see below for more information).

              The number of hard links on a file.

              This field contains the user ID of the owner of the file.

              This field contains the ID of the group owner of the file.

              The file type and mode.  See inode(7) for details.

              The inode number of the file.

              The  size  of  the file (if it is a regular file or a symbolic link) in bytes.  The
              size of a symbolic link is the length  of  the  pathname  it  contains,  without  a
              terminating null byte.

              The number of blocks allocated to the file on the medium, in 512-byte units.  (This
              may be smaller than stx_size/512 when the file has holes.)

              A mask indicating which bits in stx_attributes are supported by  the  VFS  and  the

              The file's last access timestamp.

              The file's creation timestamp.

              The file's last status change timestamp.

              The file's last modification timestamp.

       stx_dev_major and stx_dev_minor
              The device on which this file (inode) resides.

       stx_rdev_major and stx_rdev_minor
              The  device  that this file (inode) represents if the file is of block or character
              device type.

       For further information on the above fields, see inode(7).

   File attributes
       The stx_attributes field contains a set of ORed flags that indicate additional  attributes
       of   the   file.   Note  that  any  attribute  that  is  not  indicated  as  supported  by
       stx_attributes_mask has no usable value here.  The bits in stx_attributes_mask  correspond
       bit-by-bit to stx_attributes.

       The flags are as follows:

              The file is compressed by the filesystem and may take extra resources to access.

              The  file cannot be modified: it cannot be deleted or renamed, no hard links can be
              created to this file and no data can be written to it.  See chattr(1).

              The file can only be opened in append mode for writing.  Random access  writing  is
              not permitted.  See chattr(1).

              File  is  not  a candidate for backup when a backup program such as dump(8) is run.
              See chattr(1).

              A key is required for the file to be encrypted by the filesystem.


       On success, zero is returned.  On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.


       EACCES Search permission is denied for one of  the  directories  in  the  path  prefix  of
              pathname.  (See also path_resolution(7).)

       EBADF  dirfd is not a valid open file descriptor.

       EFAULT pathname  or  statxbuf  is  NULL  or  points  to  a  location outside the process's
              accessible address space.

       EINVAL Invalid flag specified in flags.

       EINVAL Reserved flag specified in mask.  (Currently, there is one such flag, designated by
              the constant STATX__RESERVED, with the value 0x80000000U.)

       ELOOP  Too many symbolic links encountered while traversing the pathname.

              pathname is too long.

       ENOENT A  component  of  pathname  does  not  exist,  or  pathname  is an empty string and
              AT_EMPTY_PATH was not specified in flags.

       ENOMEM Out of memory (i.e., kernel memory).

              A component of the path prefix of pathname  is  not  a  directory  or  pathname  is
              relative and dirfd is a file descriptor referring to a file other than a directory.


       statx() was added to Linux in kernel 4.11; library support was added in glibc 2.28.


       statx() is Linux-specific.


       ls(1),   stat(1),   access(2),   chmod(2),   chown(2),   readlink(2),  stat(2),  utime(2),
       capabilities(7), inode(7), symlink(7)


       This page is part of release 5.05 of the Linux man-pages project.  A  description  of  the
       project,  information  about  reporting  bugs, and the latest version of this page, can be
       found at