Help solving the sysadm's nightmare
- From: Erik Nørgaard <norgaard@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 08:55:29 +0200
I have inherited a problem that is no cause for envy, the previous administrators had no idea what they were doing, so problems with a permission denied would be solved by chown -R 777 /whatever! Needless to say, it's a mess, and ofcourse everything is "critical" there is no room for interruption of service.
Now, I have no idea which processes actually require access to those files, what privileges these processes run with and which files are actually executable or just plain files.
What I know is that lots of files are on samba shares and lots of files are used by uniface9 application, but I don't know much about uniface or if this is actually executed on the client or on the server.
At this moment my project is to migrate servers with these permissions to new servers, but those who prepared the OS have maintained the permissions from the older version because it's easier than actually investigating or understanding what's going on and find a solution. *sigh*
So, how can I
- determine if files are actually unix executables or just plain files (or windows executables)?
- determine which users actually need read or write access to these files?
the second is what I think is the most difficult, I need some lsof daemon to log access...
Thanks for any suggestions.
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