Interpreting os.lstat()

Adrian Petrescu apetresc at
Thu Jul 19 21:15:06 CEST 2007

On Jul 19, 4:27 am, Hrvoje Niksic <hnik... at> wrote:
> Adrian Petrescu <apetr... at> writes:
> > I checked the online Python documentation at
> > but it just says to "consult the documentation for your system.".
> The page you're looking for is at  For lstat it
> says "Like stat(), but do not follow symbolic links."  For stat it
> says:
>     Perform a stat() system call on the given path. The return value
>     is an object whose attributes correspond to the members of the
>     stat structure, namely: 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 (platform
>     dependent; time of most recent metadata change on Unix, or the
>     time of creation on Windows)
> [...]
>     For backward compatibility, the return value of stat() is also
>     accessible as a tuple of at least 10 integers giving the most
>     important (and portable) members of the stat structure, in the
>     order st_mode, st_ino, st_dev, st_nlink, st_uid, st_gid, st_size,
>     st_atime, st_mtime, st_ctime. More items may be added at the end
>     by some implementations. The standard module stat defines
>     functions and constants that are useful for extracting information
>     from a stat structure. (On Windows, some items are filled with
>     dummy values.)

Thank you, both Will and Hrvoje. Those links answer my questions. :)

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