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Alright, so I know how to test to see when a file was last modified; now I am trying to figure out how to test to see when a file was created. Why? See below for a reason. Maybe there is a different approach to solve this problem...

I have a script that allows the person using it to create a file that stores data (text). However, after about a week this data is usually out-of-date (expired), therefore I do not want the user to use this data file any longer. Everytime the script runs, it will write to this file, so using the -M flag will not work since the file will always be up-to-date. So, how can I test when the script first created the file? I guess I could put a timestamp on the file, and then test that way, but can anyone think of any other ways to do this?

In reply to File test to see creation time rather than last modified time by walkingthecow

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