Fixing problems with a black box application, strace
2015-01-11 20:29:00 +0000 - Written by Carl Burks
If you don’t know about this command you should:
strace - trace system calls and signals
You can see which files a specific program touches and a lot, lot more.
Here is a blog that goes into more than sufficient detail about the topic:
I was trying to get Crayon Physics to work on a Linux box and the error messages were less than helpful, but I was able to make forward progress thanks to this program.