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Re: Variable for server argument in copy command?

From: Patrick Woo
Subject: Re: Variable for server argument in copy command?
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2000 16:00:05 -0700 (MST)

Here is what I would try.
Edit the generic config at runtime using cf.preconf (which is called 
first) to produce a local copy and use import to import the localize
version instead of the generic version

On Mon, 6 Nov 2000, Geary Boedeker wrote:

> I'm having a conceptual mental block with my
> configuration; maybe someone has solved this already.
> I have several small sites of Solaris boxes which I
> want to update/configure using cfengine. These sites
> are connected the headquarters with 1.5mbps T-1, or
> 1.0mbps DSL.
> The model I'm building has 3 tiers. The "gold" system
> lives at headquarters. Each site has a "distribution"
> server that periodically contacts "gold" for updates.
> The clients at the site contact the local "distrib"
> server for updates, thereby minimizing WAN traffic.
> I know how to make the client "figure out" what site
> it is at by setting a variable based on the IP address.
> Problem:
> All of the site configs are basically the same *except*
> for the hostname of the local "distrib" server. But
> because I can't seem to make the "server" argument of the
> "copy" command accept a variable, I'm stuck with having
> individual copy statements for each site - this doesn't scale
> well.
> Ideally, I would like to have one "copy" statement, and
> merely *switch* the name of the server based on site.
> Has anyone done this? As always, am I missing something?
> Thanks in advance for your wisdom......Geary Boedeker

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