Gathers the statistics of the file named by filename. If filename is a symbolic link, statistics are from the file itself, not the symlink. lstat() is identical to stat() except it would instead be based off the symlinks status.
In case of error, stat() returns FALSE. It also will throw a warning.
Returns an array with the statistics of the file with the following elements. This array is zero-based. In addition to returning these attributes in a numeric array, they can be accessed with associative indices, as noted next to each parameter; this is available since PHP 4.0.6:
Table 1. stat() and fstat() result format
|Numeric||Associative (since PHP 4.0.6)||Description|
|2||mode||inode protection mode|
|3||nlink||number of links|
|4||uid||userid of owner|
|5||gid||groupid of owner|
|6||rdev||device type, if inode device *|
|7||size||size in bytes|
|8||atime||time of last access (Unix timestamp)|
|9||mtime||time of last modification (Unix timestamp)|
|10||ctime||time of last inode change (Unix timestamp)|
|11||blksize||blocksize of filesystem IO *|
|12||blocks||number of blocks allocated|
Note: The results of this function are cached. See clearstatcache() for more details.
Tip: As of PHP 5.0.0 this function can also be used with some URL wrappers. Refer to Appendix M for a listing of which wrappers support stat() family of functionality.