Monitor your changed files in real-time in Linux

By | January 24, 2011

Everybody knows top or htop. Ever wished there was something similar but to monitor your files instead of CPU usage and processes? Well, there is.
Run this:

watch -d -n 2 ‘df; ls -FlAt;’

and you’ll get to spy on which files are getting written on your system. Every time a file gets modified it will get highlighted for a second or so. The above command is useful when you grant someone SSH access to your box and wish to know exactly what they’re modifying.

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