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How to determine system changes for install on SUSE linux?

By larry_wall ·

I am doing an install of a small product that I would like to know each and every detail that it does to install itself on the machine. Need to know changes like permissions on files or folders, new files added, files which have been modified, etc.

Anything that works would be great like done with Unix commands, freware software, commercial software, open source, etc. Do not care of type of solution, just need the solution.

Anyone here ever needed to do this?

Thank you

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Installation of proprietary software or open source?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to How to determine system c ...

If you're installing a proprietary package, the software vendor should be able to tell you what happens during the install process.

If you're installing a piece of open source software, try Googling it's developing group. Someone there should be able to tell you what's going on under the installation hood.

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it is my companies software

by larry_wall In reply to Installation of proprieta ...

It is code developed here at the company I work for. However, the code is old the development team no longer exist. I can dig through the code which could take a long time or just find some way to determine the changes that had been appied.

Someone told me earlier this morning to use something like find / -ls > before.txt, then do the install, then do find / -ls >after.txt, and then lastly do diff before.txt after.txt > results.txt

This kid of works but kind of long because other things with the OS had changed that were not really even related to the install.

Some kind of process monitoring tool would be good to have.

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