There's a system call named "stat" on both Unix and Windows, that
retrieves three times. "Access" time and "content modification"
time have the same meaning on both systems,

That's interesting to me because it's a significant difference between
what I see on iSeries where "Access" time and "content modification"/
"Changed" time values seem to be handled in a more logical or "correct"
way ?

I'm not yet clear on "Accessed" and "Changed" because I not sure if these
values are "inherited" from the remote system, or if they are "re-set"
as they are "received", but I believe the values start with those from
the source system and remain until changed on the receiving or iSeries.

-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John Yeung
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:11 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: IFS file Created, Accessed and Changed info

On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 11:13 AM, Wilson Jonathan <piercing_male@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Gives a fairly good over view of windows time stamps (noteable is the
"resolution" of changed time is quite large)

Well, what the article (which is over 10 years old) actually says is that the resolution varies among the different possible times you're looking at:

"The major difference is in the resolution time, which can vary from
10 milliseconds for "create time" on FAT-formatted files to one hour for 'access time' on NTFS-formatted files."

This is an amazingly awkward and uninformative statement. What about the "access time" on FAT or the "create time" on NTFS, or the "change time" on either? In any case, the one hour seems kind of preposterous. Even the screen shots in that very article strongly suggest that the access time has resolution no worse than one second.

I think the resolution on all three times are the same for any given filesystem. I could be wrong, but it just seems like a ridiculous idea to make some timestamps have finer resolution than others.

I seem to recall some strange differences between unix, linux, and

There are all kinds of differences. Some subtle, some less so.

There might also be oddities depending on how the files were
created/modified, etc. on the win machine...

The oddities are dependent not just on the Windows machine. You can change timestamps on any machine, any platform. Windows, Unix, Linux, IBM i, you name it. So there is always a chance that the timestamp isn't "historically accurate" by any definition of "history" and "accuracy".

It's like they teach you in driver's ed about cars and turn signals:
When you see a car approaching an intersection and its right turn signal is on, what does that tell you? Answer: That the right turn signal is on. Period.

(I think Linux is even more problimatic as its concept of
"changed/created" as denoted in the FS is different to "birth time"
and ISTR changed means "attribute/node" change time not data changed

There's a system call named "stat" on both Unix and Windows, that retrieves three times. "Access" time and "content modification" time have the same meaning on both systems, but the third time is "creation" time on Windows and "metadata change" time on Unix.

I personally would process the files differently... ignore the times,

Very sound advice!

John Y.
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