How can I obtain list of items and their inode numbers in the current working directory ?

  • @VolkerSiegel A comment ? That's an interesting reason. Can you explain what exactly you mean ? Sep 10, 2018 at 5:39
  • @VolkerSiegel It's intended as "canonical" question for the site, which can be used to close other questions. If someone comes with the same question, we can use this one as duplicate. But to argue the case, many canonical questions themselves look simplistic and "lacking research", and for a good reason - they're intended as questions that address the basics. Take for instance [this one](How to remove all files from a directory? ). I'm sure at the time when the question was creted, stackoverflow already had one; problem is that you can't close question on site A with link on site B Sep 10, 2018 at 6:48
  • Makes sense. I retracted my close vote. Sep 10, 2018 at 7:10
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  • I agree. And I'll remove my older comments, as they are just confusing now. Thanks for pointing it out! Oct 7, 2019 at 0:08

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ls has -i flag:

$ ls -i
1054235 a.out  1094297 filename.txt

But if you are feeling adventurous , build ls -i yourself:

#include <dirent.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <sys/stat.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <limits.h>

void print_dirents(DIR * dir){
    struct dirent *entry;
    while ( (entry=readdir(dir)) != NULL ){

int main(){

    char current_dir[PATH_MAX];
    DIR *cwd_p;

    if (  getcwd(current_dir,sizeof(current_dir)) != NULL){
        cwd_p = opendir(current_dir);
    } else {
        perror("NULL pointer returned from getcwd()");

return 0;

And it works as so:

$ gcc lsi.c && ./a.out
stat ./*


man stat; stat --format=*f* ./*
  • I had to do stat --format='%i %n' ./*
    – jdsumsion
    Aug 16, 2019 at 18:25

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