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RE: Re: Server configuration management with svn question

From: Jean-Sebastien Pilon <jspilon_at_PENSON.CA>
Date: 2007-07-13 20:57:28 CEST

> > I use Subversion for managing my Linux servers configurations. I
> > the /etc directory of each box on a repository with subfolder for
> > host.
> So is your /etc/ dir on each host an actual checkedout working copy?

Yes each /etc is a working copy of


I achieved the "import" like this

$ svn mkdir https://subversion/repository/<hostname>
$ svn mkdir https://subversion/repository/<hostname>/etc
$ svn checkout https://subversion/repository/<hostname>/etc /etc
$ svn add *
$ svn commit -m "initial import of /etc for <hostname>"

Now when a file is modified on the servers, it must be committed each

> > I came across a problem when trying to exclude files I do not which
> > monitor/version control.
> Could you give more detail on your problem and list out steps you take
> when you get the problem?

I wish to exclude files which I find too noisy and that are system
generated/modified, which do not need tracking.

I did the following:

$ svn pe svn:ignore /etc

Added files on separate lines

$ svn status

That said that . (/etc) was modified...

$ svn commit

Now I modify the file /etc/test (which is listed in the ignores)

$ svn status

Says that the file is modified...

> > How can I add files to an exclude list (even files that are already
> > added to the repository) and avoid getting the file deleted off the
> > system, in case I need to delete it from the repository to exclude
> > from further commits.
> >
> To avoid them getting deleted? During an svn update?
> You can add ignores so that the files will not be listed in svn status
> ignored files will be deleted in many situations.
> James.

Now what I want to achieve is doable very easily when I start versioning
the /etc directory on a new server. But if I want to ignore files on
systems that are currently under version control I have no clue how to
get it work.

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