I have an Android app that will create a file in /data/ and immediately delete it. I want to know how can I catch this file or create a copy or even disable user permissions to delete a file? I have root access to the device.


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You can achieve this using busybox inotifyd. Your kernel must be built with CONFIG_INOTIFY_USER=y for this to work. You can confirm with:

~# zcat /proc/config.gz | grep INOTIFY

Or the existence of /proc/sys/fs/inotify directory. /proc/config.gz may not exist on all devices depending on kernel build configuration.

Let's say /data/data/com.xyz/files/ is the directory you want to watch. Write a script to execute when a file or directory is created in the given directory:


# remove first argument: EVENT

# create directiry to backup files
mkdir -p /sdcard/backup/

# copy newly created file/directory
[ -e "$1/$2" ] || exit
cp -av "$1/$2" /sdcard/backup/

Place the script at /data/local/tmp/copy_it.sh and chmod a+x. Now execute:

~# inotifyd /data/local/tmp/copy_it.sh /data/data/com.xyz/files:n

Note :n at the end of line, which is the event that reports that a file/directory is created in watched directory. However watches are not established recursively.

For more complex operations, use inotifywait from inotify-tools as explained here.

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