Print out the contents of an inode as they appear to the stat system call in a human-readable format. The error messages “Can’t stat file” and “Can’t lstat file” usually mean the file doesn’t exist. “Can’t readlink file” generally indicates that something is wrong with a symbolic link.
Display the output as specified by format.
Display information about the filesystem where the file is located, not about the file itself.
For links, display information about the files found by following the links.
For SE (Security Enhanced) Linux, show security information, if it’s available, in addition to stat’s normal output.
Print the output tersely, in a form suitable for parsing by other programs.
Print version information and exit.
stat and stat -l display the following:
Number of hard links
Owner’s user ID and name, if available
Owner’s group ID and name, if available
Device type for inode device
Total size, in bytes
Number of blocks allocated
Last access time
Last modification time
Last change time
Security context for SE Linux
If -f is specified, stat displays the following information about the filesystem:
Total blocks in the filesystem
Number of free blocks
Number of free blocks for nonroot users
Total number of inodes
Number of free inodes
Maximum filename length
The printf(3) flag characters #, 0, -, +, and space can be used in format ...