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How to get file creation time on Mac OS X (64 bit)

  • QFileInfo.created() on POSIX systems (like Mac OS X) returns the last modified time.
  • This is annoying because on Mac OS X you know the system (e.g. finder) has access to the actual creation time.
  • Turns out that BSD systems (like Mac OS X) have an extension to sys/stat.h that contains the file creation time.
The recipe, then is (shown using the QT framework):
#include <QtCore>
#include <sys/stat.h>

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
{
    QString fname("/Users/kghose/Sandbox/ChhobiTest/2005/2005_07_10/MVI_0693.AVI");
    QDateTime thedatetime;
    struct stat64 the_time;
    stat64(fname.toStdString().c_str(), &the_time);
    thedatetime.setTime_t(the_time.st_birthtimespec.tv_sec);
    qDebug() << thedatetime;
}

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