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Re: Storing /etc in a repository

From: Chris Rose <offby1_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2004-12-30 21:27:49 CET

Actually, shadow, group, passwd, etc... are not being vc-ed, for that
very reason. They're not complex files, and I don't work heavily with
them -- so why bother?

On Thu, 30 Dec 2004 11:34:45 -0700, Jani Averbach <jaa@jaa.iki.fi> wrote:
> On 2004-12-30 11:03-0700, Chris Rose wrote:
> > I'm thinking that I should start being a more responsible admin of my
> > server -- I've run into situations before where I've made a change
> > that has broken something and I have wished like hell that I could A)
> > remember what it was and B) restore it to a working state.
> >
> > So, in that vein, I have a subversion repository that I'd like to be
> > able to keep my entire /etc tree in. Or at least as much of it as is
> > reasonable to do so.
> One thing to keep in mind is that subversion keeps a pristine copy of
> your file in the .svn directories. So depending of your root's umask,
> it might be possible that your users could read e.g. your /etc/shadow via
> /etc/.svn/text-base/shadow.svn-base if you don't take care of
> permissions of .svn directories.
> find /etc -name .svn -a -type d -exec chmod 0700 {} \;
> should do the trick.
> There is also asvn
> <http://svn.collab.net/repos/svn/trunk/contrib/client-side/asvn> which
> is meant to used to version whole file system (special files,
> permissions, (links)).
> Secondly, if you are doing merge operations with your /etc, and you
> are using ra_dav, keep in mind that the issue #1905,
> <http://subversion.tigris.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=1905> prevents
> you from merging targets with special characters. This is fixed with
> 1.1.2. /etc/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults/ contains lots of these kind of
> problematic files.
> BR, Jani
> --
> Jani Averbach

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