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Re: syncing files....

From: John Sechrest
Subject: Re: syncing files....
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2004 14:03:56 -0800

It seems like you could easily establish with a copy command 
a copy of any critical files that you want.

Just establish a backup area, and then copy from the remote clients,
to the central host a copy of things that are critical.

My goal is the same as yours, but I am taking a different tack.
I am looking at pam to give me access to a central database of 
"critical information" via ldap.

So long as you have the critical information, you can copy it.
Getting package lists may require that you run a program and then
save the output and then copy that output.

John Gray <address@hidden> writes:

 % Greetings,
 % We recently started moving as much as possible to cfengine.  My original 
 %   goal was to move everything I ever edit (at a system level) to be 
 % under cfengine's control.  I've found however that there's a fairly 
 % large class on things that I modify sometimes but the system maintains 
 % automatically in some regards.  /etc/passwd is a good example of this. 
 % I add users, etc.  The system writes back new passwds when the user 
 % changes their passwd.
 % Is there a facility for syncing files in cfengine (I haven't been able 
 % to find one).  So for example, when the passwd file has a passwd 
 % changed, cfengine would sync it with the masterfiles?
 % On a similair note, there some things I'd like to collect from the 
 % systems (their current package lists and kernel configs are two 
 % examples).  Is there a nice way to collect those things so I have a 
 % central store of them.  I want to make diaster recovery easier, in fact, 
 % that's largely my goal here, to be able to rebuild a system ASAP when a 
 % drive dies.  I could certainly write scripts to do this, but I'd rather 
 % not have too many independant system going if cfegine will handle it all 
 % for me.
 % Suggestions?
 % Thanks,
 % John
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