I'm trying to write a bash script that will see all files in a directory, and then tell me each file's size and each of their dates of creation.

  • From a shell prompt, start with man stat. Note that most filesystems do not store a file's create date. Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 20:16
  • @glennjackman they do store last written date. Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 20:24
  • Have a look at ls and * (globs). I.e ls -l * or stat * Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 20:25

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Getting the creation date will be a tough one on a Linux system as it isn't stored.

Related question: How to find creation date of file?

Use the ls command to list files, try the options -a and -s to list all, and list their sizes. Use the command man ls on the command line to read a full description on the ls command

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