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:

       --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 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

       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)