Monday, March 5, 2007

find installed files

any opaque installer that asks for a password, you might want to take the pause that refreshes and square yourself to capture what was done. a technique...

quit apps that may be changing files. we want as few files mod'd as possible.

before running the installer, in the shell:

% touch ~/newer

then, run your installer. when it has completed, in the shell...

% sudo /usr/bin/find / -xdev -newer ~/newer

this will spit up all files changed since the above touch.

you might want to capture it by redirecting to a file...

% sudo /usr/bin/find / -xdev -newer ~/newer >~/

note that there may be some files in there that were modified, but not by the installer.

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