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       gitwipe - An utility for wiping files


       gitwipe file ...


       This manual page documents briefly the gitwipe command.

       gitwipe  is  an  utility  for  wiping  files.   It  overwrites the file
       contents with a random sequence of numbers and then calls ‘sync’().

       Note that gitwipe does not remove the wiped file since  (under  ‘Linux’
       at least) the ‘sync’() system call might return before actually writing
       the new file contents to disk.  Removing the file  might  be  dangerous
       because  some  file  systems  can detect that the blocks in the removed
       wiped file are no longer used and never write  them  back  to  disk  in
       order to improve performance.  It is up to you to remove the file(s) at
       a later moment.

       gitwipe is part of the GNU Interactive Tools.



       gitwipe and gitfm  are  documented  fully  by  GNU  Interactive  Tools,
       available via the Info system.


       Please send bug reports to:


       Tudor Hulubei <>
       Andrei Pitis <>
       Ian Beckwith <> (Current maintainer)

                                 Sep 30, 2007