comprehensive list of changes that whm/cpanel install makes?

seanstoner

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I would like to see a list of the changes that cpanel makes to my system. I'm intimately familiar with my system and would like to keep it that way. CPanel is very compelling. I suppose I could put together some sort of tripwire or script to monitor all the changes that it makes, but is there a log that the cpanel script creates?

The whole reason I use linux is because I know everything about the system. If it's going to be obsfucated ala M$ . . . .

A lot of basic administrative functions that I like to perform seem to have broken since the installation. I would like to know what changes were made.

Thanks!

Sean
 

chirpy

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The installation logs are probably your best bet (usually there's two of them located in /var/log/). I doubt very much you'll get very detailed information on what has changed. You're meant to start with a clean minimal server installation of your OS before you install cPanel, it then installs its own daemons some of which are proprietry, some based on GPL's apps with cPanel's own configurations:
exim
proftpd
apache
chkservd
bandmin
antirelayd
php
mysql
cppop
perl

It also adds a wealth of other apps that it requires for the running of cPanel itself, including apache modules, perl modules, and other os specific apps which are installed either via your update service of choice (yum or up2date repositories) or from cPanel themselves.

That's all I can think of for now. As I said, if you take a look through the installation logs you'll find out most of what's done. Tripwire isn't going to be much help to you, as it only watches a small subset of your files on disk anyway.