Shorter Hacks 8: limit strace to syscalls with files

I often use strace to see which files a program uses and often even more interesting: wich (non-existing) files it fails to open. With the flag -y strace will decode file descriptors, so you see the path of the files and with -e %file strace will only print syscalls that operate on a file: open, stat, chmod, unlink, … Please note that this does not include syscalls operating with a file descriptor like read or write – you can add them: -e %file,read,write but keep in mind there are multiple syscalls capable to reading from or writing to file descriptors.

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