filetraq - keep track of changes in config files.
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.
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 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
-p -C 1
) and the diff order ( difforder
(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
Jeremy Weatherford <email@example.com>
This manual page was written by Sergio Talens-Oliag <firstname.lastname@example.org>, for
the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).