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.


-y, --yes

Overwrite database_out file

-f, --force

Force overwrite of database with new database

-c, --config

Specify alternate config file

-o, --output

Specify alternate output file

-d, --database

Specify alternate database file

-b, --background

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 <[email protected]>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).