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Set of utilities to find and clean various forms of lint on a filesystem, such as duplicate files, empty directories, and bad file names.
License:GPL 2+


FSlint is a utility to find and clean various forms of unwanted extraneous files on a computer file system. This excess of unnecessary files is referred to as lint. FSlint will help find unwanted or problematic lint in your files or file names. The most common forms of lint FSlint finds are duplicate files, empty directories, and improper names. FSlint has multiple tools to perform a multitude of tasks in both the graphical interface and command line modes.

There are a total of ten utilities available in both FSlint's graphical and command-line modes, plus two others (find and zipdir) that are available in command-line mode only:

  • findup - find DUPlicate files
  • findnl - find Name Lint (problems with filenames)
  • findu8 - find filenames with invalid utf8 encoding
  • findbl - find Bad Links (various problems with symlinks)
  • findsn - find Same Name (problems with clashing names)
  • finded - find Empty Directories
  • findid - find files with dead user IDs
  • findns - find Non Stripped executables
  • findrs - find Redundant Whitespace in files
  • findtf - find Temporary Files
  • findul - find possibly Unused Libraries
  • zipdir - Reclaim wasted space in ext2 directory entries

FSlint is copyrighted 2000-2009 Padraig Brady, P@draigBrady.com. The program is free software and can be redistributed and/or modified under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or any later version.


A general man page is available. Information on use of individual utilities is available by adding the flag --help to the path to the utility. In addition, documentation for both the GUI and command line tools is available at http://en.flossmanuals.net/FSlint/. A FAQ is available at https://raw.githubusercontent.com/pixelb/fslint/master/doc/FAQ

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