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Re: something touching my files

ChadDavis wrote:

Hey, I am using CVS for some development work. It keeps track of whether a file has been modified by monitoring the timestamp. My time stamps keep getting renewed occasionally, which mucks up CVS. There are ZERO changes to the files at these times, but its annoying nonetheless.

I wanted to check logs to find out whether I can see something happening. I know the dates of the sweeping "touches" of my files. What logs should I mine for activity on these dates? Also, any ideas conerning the identity of the culprit?

Do you have cron running? Check the /etc/cron.{daily,hourly,..} directories. Specifically, the /etc/cron.daily directory contains scripts that are run daily by cron. On my system (and maybe on yours), through the /etc/cron.daily/find script, cron updates the locatedb file name database by going through all the files on the system to keep a "list" of all files in the file system. (This is so that if you want to find a file in your file system you can use the command 'locate' to quickly find it without having to wait to go through the file system). Maybe your files are being "touched" somehow by this process (not very sure). Just an idea.

Jose Alburquerque

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