Re: Tracking changes made by installation of software
In a message dated 2/6/99 2:51:14 AM Central Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
> > allows admins to prevent users from making incorrect modifications where
> > they shouldn't be.
> Why aren't you setting permissions appropriately?
> Unlike MS DOS / Win, in Linux you can set files to be read-only to ordinary
> users, or invisible altogether (inaccessible directories).
This doesn't have anything to with my system, I'm just repoting on what
tripwire does. I don't have permission problems, but a sysadmin might -
considering he might have several users with root priveledges - or users with
enough access to change certain important files.
> Actually, a simple version shouldn't be difficult at all - if you start
> with the `find and diff' idea, but put a checksum next to each of the
> files, then you'll have a list of files added, files removed and files
> changed. For the changed files, you compare them with an archive version
> using diff again.
You're right, this isn't a major undertaking - just trying to prevent
dupication of code that might already be in existence. The find and diff idea
is the exact approach I plan on using.