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       installwatch — Track installation of software


       installwatch [options]  [command]


       installwatch  is  a  program that is used in order to track the changes
       made  while  installing  local  software  (i.e.   "make  install").  It
       monitors  the requested command, and produces a log which indicates all
       created and modified files. By default it outputs to syslog(3) using  a
       priority of "LOG_USER | LOG_INFO". This may be overridden by the use of
       the -o flag. The log format is as follows:

       <return-value> <syscall-name> <argument> #<comment>

       Each field is delimited by a "^I" character if logging to syslog(3), or
       by a tab when logging to a file.


                 Set  this variable to the location that you want installwatch
                 to copy the original version of files which get modified. The
                 directory will be created if it does not exist, assuming that
                 the parent is writable.


       These program follow the usual  GNU  command  line  syntax,  with  long
       options  starting  with  two  dashes  (‘-’).   A  summary of options is
       included below.

                 -o        --logfile
                 Directs that output from the logged command be written to the
                 filename  specified. If the specified file already exists, it
                 will be truncated.

       -r           --root
                 Sets the directory under which meta-info and translated files
                 will be stored.

       -t           --trans
                 Toggle translation capabilities.

       -e           --exclude
                 Sets  a comma separated neutral directory list, that won’t be
                 concerned by translation or backups.

       -d           --dbgfile
                 Specify a debug file.

       -v       --dbglvl
                 Sets the debug level to be used.

       -h         --help
                 Show help information.


       installwatch does not work with programs which  are  statically  linked
       with  libc.  Due  to LD_PRELOAD limitations, it does not work with suid
       programs (this would probably introduce security problems, anyway).

       mknod(2) is not monitored.


       This manual page was written by Felipe Sateler <> for
       the  Debian  system  (but may be used by others). Original text by Greg
       Norris <>. Permission is granted  to  copy,  distribute
       and/or  modify  this document under the terms of the GNU General Public
       License, Version 2.

       On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public  License
       can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.