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AIDEINIT(8) System Manager's Manual AIDEINIT(8)


aideinit - create a new AIDE database


aideinit [options]


aideinit creates a new AIDE database. It will initialize an AIDE database in the default database_out location. It will then prompt you to replace your existing AIDE database. In most cases you will want to check for any problems before doing this.

aideinit attempts to automatically detect the correct locations of your database and database_out files based on your aide.conf settings. These settings may be overridden on the command line, as may the prompts.


Overwrite database_out file
Force overwrite of database with new database
Specify alternate config file
Specify alternate output file
Specify alternate database file
Run in the background (will mail any errors to aide.conf MAILTO or root)


/etc/aide/aide.conf, /etc/aide/aide.conf.d
Default AIDE configuration files
Default location for AIDE database
Default location for newly-created AIDE database


This manual page was written by Mike Markley <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

December 19, 2003