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FILETRAQ(8) System Manager's Manual FILETRAQ(8)

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:

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 backupdir.

The script reads 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 before version 0.3) 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