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Using cvs to manage system configuration files

From: Wayne Johnson
Subject: Using cvs to manage system configuration files
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2003 12:07:47 -0800 (PST)

I have several systems I manage.  I'm always making changes to things
like /etc/hosts, /etc/sysconfig, /etc/httpd/conf, etc.

I was thinking.  Would it work to create a master configuration directory
with sym links to all the common config files, then import this to cvs. 
Then when something stops working, you can do a diff to see what it was. 
If a system update (i.e. rpm) provides a new file, you can see
what customizations you've had, and merge them in.

Anyone done this?  Any problems?  Security?  Probably don't want a public
cvs server to do this, right?  Any problems using symlinks for CVS files?


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