Fred Drake  committed 606aae9

fix various descriptions of "ctime"
(closes SF patch #870287)

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File Doc/lib/libos.tex

 \member{st_atime} (time of most recent access),
 \member{st_mtime} (time of most recent content modification),
-(time of most recent content modification or metadata change).
+(platform dependent; time of most recent metadata change on \UNIX, or
+the time of creation on Windows).
 \versionchanged [If \function{stat_float_times} returns true, the time
 values are floats, measuring seconds. Fractions of a second may be

File Doc/lib/libstat.tex

-Time of last status change (see manual pages for details).
+The ``ctime'' as reported by the operating system.  On some systems
+(like \UNIX) is the time of the last metadata change, and, on others
+(like Windows), is the creation time (see platform documentation for
 The interpretation of ``file size'' changes according to the file

File Lib/

     return os.stat(filename).st_atime
 def getctime(filename):
-    """Return the creation time of a file, reported by os.stat()."""
+    """Return the metadata change time of a file, reported by os.stat()."""
     return os.stat(filename).st_ctime
 # Is a path a symbolic link?