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Re: Using cvs to manage system configuration files

From: Alan Dayley
Subject: Re: Using cvs to manage system configuration files
Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2003 14:21:11 -0700
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Wayne Johnson wrote:

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?


This article describes one guy's method of keeping his enitre home directory in CVS. Maybe it will help with what you want.

"CVS homedir" -


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