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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

       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

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

       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 diskspace.

       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                                 FILETRAQ(8)