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The method stat() performs a stat system call on the given path.


Following is the syntax for stat() method ?



  • path ? This is the path, whose stat information is required.

Return Value

Here is the list of members of stat structure ?

  • st_mode ? protection bits.

  • st_ino ? inode number.

  • st_dev ? device.

  • st_nlink ? number of hard links.

  • st_uid ? user id of owner.

  • st_gid ? group id of owner.

  • st_size ? size of file, in bytes.

  • st_atime ? time of most recent access.

  • st_mtime ? time of most recent content modification.

  • st_ctime ? time of most recent metadata change.


The following example shows the usage of stat() method.

# !/usr/bin/python

import os, sys

# showing stat information of file "a2.py"
statinfo = os.stat('a2.py')

print statinfo

When we run above program, it produces following result ?

posix.stat_result(st_mode=33188, st_ino=3940649674337682L, st_dev=277923425L, st
_nlink=1, st_uid=400, st_gid=401, st_size=335L, st_atime=1330498089, st_mtime=13
30498089, st_ctime=1330498089)