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Re: Why can't root check in files?

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: Re: Why can't root check in files?
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 13:01:51 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 15:37:47 (+1000), address@hidden wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Why can't root check in files?
> However, I still think that I'm onto something good here - the cvs
> control of Unix config files.  Unfortunately, this sensible cvs feature
> utterly prevents me from providing this useful facility.

You need to use some intermediate build process, which when necessary
must be run as the superuser, to install your config files into their
final resting place.  Cfengine is one such solution to do this.

However the maintenance of the source files and commits of their changes
to CVS must be done by a real user-id, i.e. some user-id that represents
exactly one real-world person.

This is how accountability is maintained.

                                                        Greg A. Woods

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