• finddup [options...]


the manpage

-h, --help

a short help


the version (CVS) of the program

-n, --noaction

do just nothing, just print out (implies -v)

-v, --verbose

just what the name says

-q, --quiet

be quiet

-l, --link

link the identical files together

-o, --oldresult

Use the old output of this script

-i, --ignore-perms

Don't check that file owner and permissions match

-d, --dir

Define the dir to check (you may specify more than one)


finddup search the working directory and all files below on the same partition for duplicate files.

finddup can optional hardlink such files to save space.

Files size 0 will not be reported or hardlinked as this might give problemes later.

This is a complete rewrite of the finddup in perl to handle several issues:

  - Allow spaces and other characters in filenames
  - be faster
  - include nodup in same script
  - Handle files that already have other hardlinks in the same tree
  - Several improvements

If started as nodup or the script will act like started with options --link and --oldresult


Copyright (c) 2005 by Klaus Ethgen. All rights reserved.


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.


Klaus Ethgen <[email protected]<gt>


$Log: finddup,v $ Revision 2.3 2005/02/06 18:57:42 klaus * Make --oldresult faster by not calculating the md5sum again * Fix a but that with --oldresult no links will be done cause the internal


* Do handle errors in open for md5sum calculation

Revision 2.2 2005/02/06 12:21:02 klaus Little but important bug in link routine.

Revision 2.1 2005/02/05 18:43:11 klaus Just cosmetic

Revision 2.0 2005/02/05 18:41:20 klaus Completely new version