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Re: CVS for System Administration and Configuration Restoral

From: Mike Castle
Subject: Re: CVS for System Administration and Configuration Restoral
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 18:40:07 -0500
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On Thu, Oct 12, 2000 at 08:59:21PM -0000, Carter Alvord wrote:
> Goals:
> 1) I want to use a revision control tool to manage system files that I
> edit as I configure/maintain a Linux installation.  I want to keep the
> repository on a different drive than the OS.
> 2) I want to keep a separate log file detailing the changes I make to
> a system and any issues that I come across.
> 3) Because the files that I have edited to configure a system reside
> in a repository, I want to be able to use that snapshot (or any other
> within the repository) to restore system state.  This is particularly
> true after installing a new distribution (say if it's a clean install
> and not just an upgrade).

Take another step back from the problem.  Instead of putting the files
themselves into CVS and trying to get them out into just the right
location, consider using cvs in conjuction with cfengine and keep in cvs
the inputs to cfengine.

[That is, if cfengine doesn't offer something already; I've not used it
myself, just heard about it.  Though it is on my TODO list.  Someday.]

       Mike Castle       Life is like a clock:  You can work constantly
  address@hidden  and be right all the time, or not work at all and be right at least twice a day.  -- mrc
    We are all of us living in the shadow of Manhattan.  -- Watchmen

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