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lstat — Retrieves file status information.


array lstat(filename);
string filename:


File information; FALSE on error


Accesses a file's properties and returns a 13-element array containing various pieces of information about the file. The array contains the following elements:

Array Index Value
0 Device
1 Inode number
2 Inode protection mode
3 Number of links
4 User ID of owner
5 Group ID of owner
6 Device type if inode device
7 Size in bytes
8 Time of last access
9 Time of last modification
10 Time of last change
11 Block size for filesystem I/O
12 Number of blocks allocated
Not all entries are filled with meaningful values on all systems. On Windows, for example, device type and block size are filled with -1. Generally, it's a good idea to test the return values on non-UNIX systems before relying on them. This function is like the stat() function except that, if a link is specified as parameter, information about the link rather than the link target is returned. Note: The results of this function are cached. See clearstatcache() for details.




Example 339. Fetch all file status information for the current file

foreach (lstat (__FILE__) as $key => $value) {
   // Skip numeric array keys
   if (is_int ($key))

    // Display meaningful information for values that are not set
   if (-1 == $value)
      $value = 'Value not set on this OS.';

   printf ("%'.-15s.%'.25s\n", $key, $value);

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