Simple files

Characteristics of a simple file (file)

The characteristics of a file, other than its contents, are grouped in a descriptor called i-nodes (inode). This table contains the following information:

  • The file type (file, directory, link, etc.)

  • Its size in bytes

  • The identification of its owner (UID and GID)

  • Access rights to the file

  • Three dates: creation date, date of last modification, date of last access

  • A reference counter

  • The list of blocks on the disk containing the contents of the file

⚠️ The file name is not contained in the i-node.