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       filetraq - keep track of changes in config files.


       filetraq --help
       filetraq [filelist] [backupdir]


       This  manual  page documents briefly the filetraq command.  This manual
       page was written for the  Debian  GNU/Linux  distribution  because  the
       original program does not have a manual page.

       FileTraq  is  a  shell script that reads a list of files to watch, runs
       diff against each file and its backup, and reports  any  discrepancies,
       along with keeping a dated backup of the original.

       It’s designed to be run as a cron job.


       This command has two possible invocations, one with one option:

       --help Show  summary  of  options  and the default values of the config
              file and the backup directory.

       and other with no options, a config file  or  a  config  file  and  the

       The  debian version has been modified to read the /etc/default/filetraq
       configuration file, that lets  the  administrator  change  the  default
       values of the config file ( file ), the backup directory ( backupdir ),
       the diff options used to print the filetraq output (  diffopts  ,  e.g.
       -p  -C  1  or  -u  )  and  the  diff  order ( difforder , either newold
       (FileTraq default) or oldnew (traditional Unix default)).


       FileTraq is not well tested or hardened.  It runs as root, but  all  of
       its  config files should only be accessible by root.  No security holes
       are known at this time, but please be careful.


       Right now, it doesn’t take care of its backups very  well.   The  dated
       backups  will  accumulate  in  the  backups  directory, bounded only by

       It only handles text files, it isn’t a  Tripwire  replacement  for  use
       with system binaries.




       diff(1), cron(8).


       Jeremy Weatherford <>

       This  manual  page was written by Sergio Talens-Oliag <>,
       for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

                                   June 2001