How To Track Changes in Your Linux Filesystem

by on January 25, 2008 · 3 comments· LAST UPDATED January 25, 2008

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kfsmd is an interesting tool to keep track of changes in your filesystems. This tool based upon inotify which is a Linux kernel subsystem that provides file system event notification. Useful for file auditing. From the article:

Applications can ask the Linux kernel to report changes to selected files and directories. I created the Kernel Filesystem Monitoring Daemon (kfsmd) to make monitoring filesystem changes simple. Command-line clients for kfsmd come in two categories: monitoring and logging. The monitoring client produces output on the console whenever something happens to a filesystem you are watching. You can log to either a Berkeley DB4 file or a PostgreSQL database.

=> Use kfsmd to keep track of changes in your filesystems

Related: Linux audit files to see who made changes to a file

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1 David Douthitt January 26, 2008 at 1:02 am

For a long time, the standard utility in this area has been SGI’s File Alteration Monitor, though I don’t know the status of FAM today.

It’s home page is at:


2 Wes Shull January 29, 2008 at 4:05 am

On distros involving hats (probably most others as well), the standard package for this is gamin, which is a simplified but mostly ABI/API-compatible replacement for FAM.

It was a little rough in the beginning (witness the 136-comment RH bugzilla ticket: ), but is now very stable and unobtrusive in its activity.


3 arunachalam July 15, 2008 at 5:59 am

file system monitoring scripts

process monitoring scripts

cpu usage scripts

memory / swap usage scripts


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