[linux-elitists] undelete

Seth David Schoen schoen@loyalty.org
Wed Feb 6 01:21:01 PST 2002

Don Marti writes:

> (Asking how to do file undelete is of course highly non-elitist,
> since the true elitist thing to do is come up with a good reason
> why you didn't need the file, and _meant_ to clobber it.)
> The following is an idea for a way to do undelete.
> 1. Kernel level: If a system call would clobber a file, spew that
> file's meta-info, then contents out a /proc entry before doing
> the work.  System calls to intercept and check include unlink(2),
> open(2), and rename(2).

You can experiment with what your system would be like in this case by
using Subterfugue.


-- patch your kernel interfaces in userspace with Python.

There is also a nice LD_PRELOAD trick which lets you rewrite part of
your C library without actually upgrading it.  We need a "trapping,
tracing, and rewriting section 3 and section 2 calls from programs
without actually being a libc or kernel hacker" HOWTO.

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