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negation in class definition

From: Shannon Lee
Subject: negation in class definition
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 13:34:27 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.2.5i

in the cfengine reference manual, there is an example given of a negative
group definition:

        notthis = ( !this )

yet when i tried to use this idiom, i got the error:

     Wildcards cannot be used in this context

what am i doing wrong?

also, is this supposed to be able to negate another group, or just a
hostname, or what?  for example, what actually want to do is something

     mailhosts = ( host1 host2 )
     nonmailhosts = ( !mailhosts )

ie, all machines which are not part of the 'mailhosts' group are part of the
'nonmailhosts'  group -- and as such can, for example, have a 'client'
sendmail config copied over and have the links to sendmail startup scripts
removed from /etc/rc[0-9].d/.


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