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Re: Symbolic Links - Background !??

From: Derek R. Price
Subject: Re: Symbolic Links - Background !??
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 14:19:27 -0500

Mental wrote:

> On Wed, Dec 20, 2000 at 02:26:02PM +0000, Peter Biechele wrote:
> > I want to put all the ETC dirs under CVS Control. But of course there are
> > symbolic links in this directory structure.
> >
> > Does anybody have an idea on how to use CVS to control /etc directories
> > ??
> Hi. I've not used cvs to manage /etc, but I have used cvs to manage
> _files_ in /etc. Cvs doesnt really mix well with symbolic links, especially
> since links could be relative to a file outside the archive. Checking the

You can also write a Makefile that installs files into /etc, sets the
appropriate links, and removes dangling ones and keep that checked into CVS.
Then your links are pretty much versioned.  If you build in a Makefile with an
uninstall target that removes the same links the install target creates and
are conscientious about always running uninstall before checking out and
installing a new version, the results should be as good as if the whole kit
and caboodle could be checked into and versioned by CVS.


Derek Price                      CVS Solutions Architect ( )
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