Find Command Syntax

Ralph Hempel rhempel at
Wed Sep 22 11:16:16 PDT 2004

> OK, I'm trying to understand the difference.  According to the manual 
> -ctime is "change of file status" and -mtime is "last modification 
> time".  I think I understand what modification means (changing the 
> contents of the file) but what is "change of file status"?  In my 
> particular situation, while reviewing my spam folder for possible "ham", 
> my IMAP client may change the message status from unread to read.  How 
> would this affect the actual message file?

Contents change is when what's inside the file changes.

Status change is when the file descriptor status, like read-only, or
permissions changes.


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