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Re: manage linux distro with subverison

From: John Stile <john_at_stilen.com>
Date: 2007-04-07 03:08:26 CEST

On Thu, 2007-04-05 at 23:24 -0700, Jeff D wrote:
> On Thu, 5 Apr 2007, John Stile wrote:
>
> > Can I get any advice or links regarding checking in an entire / of a
> > Linux system?
> >
> > Are there any pitfalls?
> >
> > To deploy a new system, could i simply do a svn checkout onto an empty
> > file system?
> >
> > I use gentoo, and when I do an update sometimes things stop working, but
> > I need to be able to get back to what did work, and track what did
> > change on an global system level. Just backing up config files doesn't
> > help me version control the entire system.
> >
>
> You would probably be better off using some imaging software like g4l or
> systemimager or even just a good rsync. Going the svn would be fairly
> messy and difficult to maintain , especially with permissions.
>
I have been using systemimager to take snapshots, along with making
copies of the images, which makes a sort-of version control system, but
I've got burned too many times to continue doing it that way. I almost
lost 4 moths of work due to bad luck, and svn could have saved me.

Maybe some marriage between subversion with systemimager might make
things manageable. If I do an svn export to the systemimager image
directory, I could push updates && install to target system. But I need
at least one hard drive that is a real svn checkout, with .svn
directories all over the place. I'm still thinking it over, but thank
you everyone, for adding your ideas.

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