cfv is a utility to both test and create .sfv (Simple File Verify), .csv, .crc, .md5(sfv style), md5sum, BSD md5, sha1sum, and .torrent checksum verification files. It also includes test-only support for .par and .par2 files. These files are commonly used to ensure the correct retrieval or storage of data.
LZO is a portable lossless data compression library written in ANSI C. It offers pretty fast compression and very fast decompression. Decompression requires no memory. In addition there are slower compression levels achieving a quite competitive compression ratio while still decompressing at this very high speed.
multicd provides an easy way to backup a large number of files to multiple CDs or DVDs. Give multicd the files/directories you want backed up and it will create as many CDs or DVDs as it needs to, prompting the user to put in a new disc whenever needed. It can be configured to run in a multi-threading mode, where it will burn one image to a disc while it is copying files to another image. This feature can be disabled for slower machines.
shash is a program which produces message digests for files, and checks whether the digest remains the same (i.e., whether the files changed). Since anyone can generate the message digest, it may not be suitable for some security-related applications. Because of this, shash also supports HMAC (rfc2104), which is a mechanism for message authentication using cryptographic hash functions. shash can use a key with a hash algorithm to produce hashes that can only be verified with the same key. This way, you can securely check whether files in a filesystem were altered.
DSWIM is a powerful informational tool for Debian's packaging system. Designed with an integrated approach it combines the functionality found in several other programs and scripts. This provides users with a centralized approach for querying the installation, allowing programmers the liberty of writing smaller and simpler code.