Posted Jul 29, 2010 19:04 UTC (Thu) by butlerm (subscriber, #13312)
Parent article: File creation times
Creation times are a great idea. The idea that a creation time should not be changeable is an extraordinarily bad one. Backup software, copy commands with the preserve attribute option specified, and any application that does file replacement with a write / fsync / rename sequence need that ability. Otherwise it is borderline useless, telling you something much more akin to the time of last modification than when the file was created.