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FTFF(1)			    General Commands Manual		       FTFF(1)

NAME
       ftff - fault tolerant file find utiltiy

SYNOPSIS
       ftff [-#fFhIpq][-t#][start_directory] file_to_find

DESCRIPTION
       ftff  recursively  descends the directory hierarchy and reports all ob-
       jects in	the file system	with a name  that  approximately  matches  the
       given filename.

       ftff  achieves  fault tolerance	by calculating the  so called Weighted
       Levenshtein Distance. The Levenshtein Distance is defined as the	 mini-
       mum   number  of	 character insertions, deletions and replacements that
       transform a string A into a string B.

       ftff behaves like

       'find start_directory -name file_to_find	-print'

       with the	following differences:

       -      ftff is fault tolerant

       -      ftff is NOT case sensitive

       -      the level	of fault tolerance can be adjusted by  specifying  the
	      optional	parameter tolerance.  A	tolerance of 0 specifies exact
	      match.

OPTIONS
       -h     Prints a little help/usage information.

       -f     Follow symbolic links on directories. Note: a symbolic link like
	      "somewhere -> .."	 causes	naturally an endless loop.  By default
	      ftff does	not follow symbolic links to directories.

       -F     Classify the file	type by	appending a  character	to  each  file
	      name. This character is:
	      '*' for regular files that are  executable
	      '/' for directories
	      '@' for symbolic links
	      '|' for FIFOs
	      '=' for sockets

       -p     print  the  actual distance value	in front of the	filename. This
	      value is equal to	the number of insertions,  deletions  and  re-
	      placements  necessary  to	transform the file that	was found into
	      the search key (the file_to_find).

       -q     keep quiet and do	not print any warning about non	 readable  di-
	      rectories.

       -# or -t#
	      Set  the	fault tolerance	level to #.  The fault tolerance level
	      is an integer in the range 0-255.	 It specifies the maximum num-
	      ber  of  errors  permitted in finding the	approximate match. The
	      default tolerance	is (strlen(searchpattern) -  number  of	 wild-
	      cards)/6 + 1

       -I     Do case sensitive	search (default	is case	in-sensitive)

       file_to_find
	      The  filename  to	search for.  '*' and '?'  can be used as wild-
	      cards.
	      '?'  denotes one single character.
	      '*' denotes an arbitrary number of characters.

       start_directory
	      The directory to start the search. The current directory is  the
	      default.

       The  last  argument  to	ftff  is not parsed for	options	as the program
       needs at	least one file-name argument. This means that ftff -x will not
       complain	about a	wrong option but search	for the	file named -x.

EXAMPLE
       ftff samething

       This will e.g. find a file called something or sameting or sum-thing or
       ...

       To find all files that start with any prefix, have something  like  IO-
       Comm in between and end on a two	letter suffix:

       ftff '*iocomm.??'

       To find all files that exactly start with the prefix DuPeg:

       ftff -0 'dupeg*'

BUGS
       The  wildcards  '?'  and	'*' can	not be escaped.	These characters func-
       tion always as wildcards. This is however not a big problem since there
       is normally hardly any file that	has these characters in	its name.

AUTHOR
       Guido Socher (guido@linuxfocus.org)

SEE ALSO
       whichman(1) find(1)

Search utilities		  August 1998			       FTFF(1)

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