[clug] logging "rm" usage

Rousak, Boris Boris.Rousak at actewagl.com.au
Wed Jul 9 12:57:39 EST 2003

Good afternoon all,
I am attempting to write a script/program that will write to a log file
every time someone uses the "rm" command on a redhat 7.3 kernel 2.4.20-18.7
In particular it will log, who used it, date/time of usage and what it was
they actually deleted. Having googled for a bit most sites suggest either
using a "script" command to log everything and then parse that log file or
using a an alias script which logs everything and then invokes the real rm
command, but these solutions aren't particularly elegant. Thinking back to
windows I seem to remember that there was a facility to trap events (calls
to the OS). Question is as follows:
Is there a similar trapping facility in linux or
Is there a much easier way of doing this and I just haven't found it (hints
in this direction would also be much appreciated).
Any comments or past experiences in similar situations are also most
Thanks for your time

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