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MTREE(8)		FreeBSD	System Manager's Manual		      MTREE(8)

NAME
     mtree -- map a directory hierarchy

SYNOPSIS
     mtree [-LPUcdeinqruxw] [-f	spec] [-K keywords] [-k	keywords] [-p path]
	   [-s seed] [-X exclude-list]

DESCRIPTION
     The mtree utility compares	the file hierarchy rooted in the current
     directory against a specification read from the standard input.  Messages
     are written to the	standard output	for any	files whose characteristics do
     not match the specifications, or which are	missing	from either the	file
     hierarchy or the specification.

     The options are as	follows:

     -L	   Follow all symbolic links in	the file hierarchy.

     -P	   Do not follow symbolic links	in the file hierarchy, instead con-
	   sider the symbolic link itself in any comparisons.  This is the
	   default.

     -U	   Modify the owner, group, permissions, and modification time of
	   existing files to match the specification and create	any missing
	   directories or symbolic links.  User, group and permissions must
	   all be specified for	missing	directories to be created.  Corrected
	   mismatches are not considered errors.

     -c	   Print a specification for the file hierarchy	to the standard	out-
	   put.

     -d	   Ignore everything except directory type files.

     -e	   Do not complain about files that are	in the file hierarchy, but not
	   in the specification.

     -i	   Indent the output 4 spaces each time	a directory level is descended
	   when	creating a specification with the -c option.  This does	not
	   affect either the /set statements or	the comment before each	direc-
	   tory.  It does however affect the comment before the	close of each
	   directory.

     -n	   Do not emit pathname	comments when creating a specification.	 Nor-
	   mally a comment is emitted before each directory and	before the
	   close of that directory when	using the -c option.

     -q	   Quiet mode.	Do not complain	when a ``missing'' directory cannot be
	   created because it already exists.  This occurs when	the directory
	   is a	symbolic link.

     -r	   Remove any files in the file	hierarchy that are not described in
	   the specification.

     -u	   Same	as -U except a status of 2 is returned if the file hierarchy
	   did not match the specification.

     -w	   Make	some errors non-fatal warnings.

     -x	   Do not descend below	mount points in	the file hierarchy.

     -f	file
	   Read	the specification from file, instead of	from the standard
	   input.

	   If this option is specified twice, the two specifications are com-
	   pared to each other rather than to the file hierarchy.  The speci-
	   fications will be sorted like output	generated using	-c.  The out-
	   put format in this case is somewhat remniscent of comm(1), having
	   "in first spec only", "in second spec only",	and "different"	col-
	   umns, prefixed by zero, one and two TAB characters respectively.
	   Each	entry in the "different" column	occupies two lines, one	from
	   each	specification.

     -K	keywords
	   Add the specified (whitespace or comma separated) keywords to the
	   current set of keywords.

     -k	keywords
	   Use the ``type'' keyword plus the specified (whitespace or comma
	   separated) keywords instead of the current set of keywords.

     -p	path
	   Use the file	hierarchy rooted in path, instead of the current
	   directory.

     -s	seed
	   Display a single checksum to	the standard error output that repre-
	   sents all of	the files for which the	keyword	cksum was specified.
	   The checksum	is seeded with the specified value.

     -X	exclude-list
	   The specified file contains fnmatch(3) patterns matching files to
	   be excluded from the	specification, one to a	line.  If the pattern
	   contains a `/' character, it	will be	matched	against	entire path-
	   names (relative to the starting directory); otherwise, it will be
	   matched against basenames only.  No comments	are allowed in the
	   exclude-list	file.

     Specifications are	mostly composed	of ``keywords'', i.e., strings that
     specify values relating to	files.	No keywords have default values, and
     if	a keyword has no value set, no checks based on it are performed.

     Currently supported keywords are as follows:

     cksum	 The checksum of the file using	the default algorithm speci-
		 fied by the cksum(1) utility.

     flags	 The file flags	as a symbolic name.  See chflags(1) for	infor-
		 mation	on these names.	 If no flags are to be set the string
		 ``none'' may be used to override the current default.

     ignore	 Ignore	any file hierarchy below this file.

     gid	 The file group	as a numeric value.

     gname	 The file group	as a symbolic name.

     md5digest	 The MD5 message digest	of the file.

     sha1digest	 The FIPS 160-1	(``SHA-1'') message digest of the file.

     sha256digest
		 The FIPS 180-2	(``SHA-256'') message digest of	the file.

     ripemd160digest
		 The RIPEMD160 message digest of the file.

     mode	 The current file's permissions	as a numeric (octal) or	sym-
		 bolic value.

     nlink	 The number of hard links the file is expected to have.

     nochange	 Make sure this	file or	directory exists but otherwise ignore
		 all attributes.

     optional	 The file is optional; do not complain about the file if it is
		 not in	the file hierarchy.

     uid	 The file owner	as a numeric value.

     uname	 The file owner	as a symbolic name.

     size	 The size, in bytes, of	the file.

     link	 The file the symbolic link is expected	to reference.

     time	 The last modification time of the file, in seconds and
		 nanoseconds.  The value should	include	a period character and
		 exactly nine digits after the period.

     type	 The type of the file; may be set to any one of	the following:

		 block	     block special device
		 char	     character special device
		 dir	     directory
		 fifo	     fifo
		 file	     regular file
		 link	     symbolic link
		 socket	     socket

     The default set of	keywords are flags, gid, link, mode, nlink, size,
     time, and uid.

     There are four types of lines in a	specification.

     The first type of line sets a global value	for a keyword, and consists of
     the string	``/set'' followed by whitespace, followed by sets of key-
     word/value	pairs, separated by whitespace.	 Keyword/value pairs consist
     of	a keyword, followed by an equals sign (``=''), followed	by a value,
     without whitespace	characters.  Once a keyword has	been set, its value
     remains unchanged until either reset or unset.

     The second	type of	line unsets keywords and consists of the string
     ``/unset'', followed by whitespace, followed by one or more keywords,
     separated by whitespace.

     The third type of line is a file specification and	consists of a file
     name, followed by whitespace, followed by zero or more whitespace sepa-
     rated keyword/value pairs.	 The file name may be preceded by whitespace
     characters.  The file name	may contain any	of the standard	file name
     matching characters (``['', ``]'',	``?'' or ``*''), in which case files
     in	the hierarchy will be associated with the first	pattern	that they
     match.

     Each of the keyword/value pairs consist of	a keyword, followed by an
     equals sign (``=''), followed by the keyword's value, without whitespace
     characters.  These	values override, without changing, the global value of
     the corresponding keyword.

     All paths are relative.  Specifying a directory will cause	subsequent
     files to be searched for in that directory	hierarchy.  Which brings us to
     the last type of line in a	specification: a line containing only the
     string ``..'' causes the current directory	path to	ascend one level.

     Empty lines and lines whose first non-whitespace character	is a hash mark
     (``#'') are ignored.

     The mtree utility exits with a status of 0	on success, 1 if any error
     occurred, and 2 if	the file hierarchy did not match the specification.  A
     status of 2 is converted to a status of 0 if the -U option	is used.

FILES
     /etc/mtree	 system	specification directory

EXIT STATUS
     The mtree utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an	error occurs.

EXAMPLES
     To	detect system binaries that have been ``trojan horsed'', it is recom-
     mended that mtree -K sha256digest be run on the file systems, and a copy
     of	the results stored on a	different machine, or, at least, in encrypted
     form.  The	output file itself should be digested using the	sha256(1)
     utility.  Then, periodically, mtree and sha256(1) should be run against
     the on-line specifications.  While	it is possible for the bad guys	to
     change the	on-line	specifications to conform to their modified binaries,
     it	is believed to be impractical for them to create a modified specifica-
     tion which	has the	same SHA-256 digest as the original.

     The -d and	-u options can be used in combination to create	directory
     hierarchies for distributions and other such things; the files in
     /etc/mtree	were used to create almost all directories in this FreeBSD
     distribution.

     To	create an /etc/mtree style BSD.*.dist file, use	mtree -c -d -i -n -k
     uname,gname,mode,nochange.

SEE ALSO
     chflags(1), chgrp(1), chmod(1), cksum(1), md5(1), stat(2),	fts(3),
     md5(3), chown(8)

HISTORY
     The mtree utility appeared	in 4.3BSD-Reno.	 The MD5 digest	capability was
     added in FreeBSD 2.1, in response to the widespread use of	programs which
     can spoof cksum(1).  The SHA-1 and	RIPEMD160 digests were added in
     FreeBSD 4.0, as new attacks have demonstrated weaknesses in MD5.  The
     SHA-256 digest was	added in FreeBSD 6.0.  Support for file	flags was
     added in FreeBSD 4.0, and mostly comes from NetBSD.

FreeBSD	9.3			 June 16, 2007			   FreeBSD 9.3

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