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Old 05-07-2009
what is a "find stat() error"

I'm searching for an oracle emtab file.

I do a find / -name emtab -print and the first result gives me

find: stat() error /apps/tomcat/jakarta-tomcat-5.5.9/bin/console.txt: I/O error

Can someone explain what this error means?

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Old 05-07-2009
find works by calling either ftw() or nftw() - these functions traverse a file tree, and return the results from a stat() call for every file found.

stat is a system call that returns metadata about a file - size, last modification date, permissions, etc. I/O errors occur when the filesystem metadata has a problem or the disk(s) has bad sectors, etc.
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