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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