Linux: Inodes – Soft/Hard Links


An inode is a datastructrure that is associated with objects in Linux. Each object in Linux is associated with an object. Inodes do not show us metadata (results of an ls -l command). The following are objects that inodes are associated with.

  • User/Group owner.
  • File permissions.
  • Access – Modification – Change – Deletion times
  • Size
  • Blocks
  • Number of hard/soft links
  • How to get object information for a file:

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