creation time stamps for ext4 ?

Andreas Dilger adilger at
Thu Oct 5 15:19:37 UTC 2006

On Oct 05, 2006  15:57 +0200, Bj�rn JACKE wrote:
> I would like to know if there are any plans to introduce a creation 
> timestamp in future ext3/4 versions. Having a 4th timestamp saving the 
> creation time would be very good for projekts like Samba for example. 
> It would be important that creation time can also be set manually 
> later on by some system call. Systems like FreeBSD's UFS and Solais' 
> ZFS already support creation times. Unfortunately Linux doesn't have 
> such a thing standarized anywhere but it would be geat if it would.
> Are there any plans to add this?

I've given this some thought for adding as part of the nsec timestamp
patch.  That is more feasable if we move the nsec ctime into the main
inode to double as the version field.

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger
Principal Software Engineer
Cluster File Systems, Inc.

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