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mtime, ctime and atime in Linux: What’s the Difference

Use a correct one for a certain scenario

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Many Linux operations are based on timestamps of files. For example, when you need to delete some old log files of a Linux server, you must pick the files based on correct timestamps to avoid deleting something unexpectedly. To be honest, I really deleted files mistakenly because of checking them by…

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