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tracking where file was copied from ?

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Dear all,

I would like to know if there is some kind of log file giving information from where I copied a specific file from .

Most of the time I keep copying files from one location to other within my directory and also from my co-workers directory . So if i delete the file or remove it , I kind of have to use find command to locate the file.. If there is any log file kind , I can check that and see where I copied that file from..

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by:Tintin
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About your only option is your shell history (assuming you are running a non bourne shell), otherwise you may be able to extract the information from the BSM logs if you have auditing turned on.
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by:sunray_2003
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Tintin,

regarding shell history , which file i need to check . I use Tcsh or csh

and regarding BSM logs, as a user can I turn it on or should I ask Sys admin
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by:Tintin
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Type in the 'history' command to see your command history.

The BSM logs are probably not the way to go as they can generate HUGE amount of logs and actually processing them to gain anything useful is not particularly easy.
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by:sunray_2003
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OH , TinTin.. I was very much familiar with history command... But i forget sometimes after copying or moving a file say a week ago.. I was wondering if that can got ..

I shall wait for other experts comments here and close the question

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by:sunray_2003
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>> I shall wait for other experts comments

oops.. DIdnot mean to cut you off.. What I meant was .. " I shall wait for some other comments "
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Perhaps you could create a 'cd' alias that cd's and creates a log for you.
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by:sunray_2003
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>> Perhaps you could create a 'cd' alias that cd's and creates a log for you

OK.. I shall try this

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