help needed: how to exclude a single file from being audited.

Steve Grubb sgrubb at
Wed Sep 7 12:05:36 UTC 2011

On Wednesday, September 07, 2011 12:47:53 AM Vipin Rathor wrote:
> I've a situation here. I've put a watch on a directory (e.g. -w /etc).
> Due to this, every action on files under this directory are being
> audited.
> Now I want to exclude a single file in that directory (e.g.
> /etc/sysconfig/bash-prompt-xterm), how should I do that?
> I tried something like this in my exclude list:
> -a exclude,never -F path=/etc/sysconfig/bash-prompt-xterm
> But got this error:
> Only msgtype field can be used with exclude filter
> Any idea, how to exclude a single file from a 'watched' directory?

Path fields must be on the exit filter. Try:

-a exit,never -F path=/etc/sysconfig/bash-prompt-xterm

And this must be before the rule on the directory. Note that this is kernel version 
dependent. There was a bug sometime ago where the kernel was not preserving the 
ordering of file system watches and the never rules didn't work.


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