Understanding UNIX / Linux filesystem Inodes

The inode (index node) is a fundamental concept in the Linux and UNIX filesystem. Each file residing in the file system . Each and every file under Linux (and UNIX) has following attributes:

=> File type (executable, block special etc)
=> Permissions (read, write etc)
=> Owner
=> Group
=> File Size
=> File access, change and modification time (remember UNIX or Linux never stores file creation time, this is favorite question asked in UNIX/Linux sys admin job interview)
=> File deletion time
=> Number of links (soft/hard)
=> Extended attribute such as append only or no one can delete file including root user (immutability)
=> Access Control List (ACLs)

All the above information stored in an inode. In short the inode identifies the file and its attributes (as above). Each inode is identified by a unique inode number within the file system. Inode is also know as index number.

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Or a C code to Get a file inode number

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