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Re: Executing a file only on later passes

From: David J. Bianco
Subject: Re: Executing a file only on later passes
Date: Mon, 03 Nov 2003 16:16:25 -0500
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I'd just like to point out that some of us specifically rely on this
feature.  For example, I routinely do:

  <some file> dest=/etc/<somefile> define=FILE_UPDATED

    "/etc/init.d/service restart"

Which has the effect of restarting a service on the second pass if its
config file changes in the first pass.  If this feature were to be
eliminated, in fact, it would break probably 60% of my config files.
Multiple passes are your friends!  In a non-procedural language like
cfengine, they're basically the only way to create complex multi-step


address@hidden wrote:

yes I am saying that this could break some more convoluted operations
in cfengine. The feature is there precisely so that none of us has
to think about the issues of dependencies.

David J. Bianco, GSEC GCUX GCIH         <address@hidden>
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
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