lstat -- give information about a file or symbolic link


array lstat(string filename);

Gathers the statistics of the file or symbolic link named by filename. This function is identical to the stat() function except that if the filename parameter is a symbolic link, the status of the symbolic link is returned, not the status of the file pointed to by the symbolic link.

Returns an array with the statistics of the file with the following elements:

  1. device

  2. inode

  3. number of links

  4. user id of owner

  5. group id 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. blocksize for filesystem I/O *

  12. number of blocks allocated

* - only valid on systems supporting the st_blksize type--other systems (i.e. Windows) return -1

The results of this function are cached. See clearstatcache() for more details.