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Re: owner and group in files and copy

From: Ed Brown
Subject: Re: owner and group in files and copy
Date: Thu, 07 Oct 2004 08:13:01 -0600

In my experience, and in a test just now, setting destination ownership 
for one copy statement does not carry over to subsequent copy
statements.  The default behavior in the absence of explicit settings is
to preserve the ownership of the source file.


On Wed, 2004-10-06 at 19:00, Chris Edillon wrote:
> On Wed, 2004-10-06 at 13:17, Christian Pearce wrote:
> > Why does the owner or group get carried over to the next copy statement
> > executed?  I briefly looked at the code, it looks like it saves the uid
> > and gid.  So it was intentionally as far as I can tell.
> > 
> > I can't for the life of my figure out why we would want this.  I am
> > going to be forced to explicitly set ownership for every copy statement
> > I have.  Geehz!  Can someone explain why this is here?
> > 
>   i would think that if it wasn't there, you would be
> forced to explicitly set ownership for every copy statement
> anyway (assuming that not doing so implies the owner and
> group that cfagent runs as).  by storing that information,
> you can cluster copy statements which all set the same
> owner and group.  i have no idea if this was intentional
> or a feature.
>   i do like the idea of templates, though; has this been
> discussed on the list before?  i've found the ability to
> use nesting templates in nagios very useful in keeping a
> clean set of configuration files where identical information
> is expressed numerous times.  i dont know that i'd find it
> as useful in cfengine config files but it's worth discussing.
> > There was the thought of having a template for copy statements
> > 
> > template:
> > 
> >         root_executable
> >                 owner=root
> >                 group=root
> >                 mode=0755
> >                 server=$(server)
> > 
> > copy:
> > 
> >         /var/tmp/somefile/
> >                 dest=/var/tmp/somefile
> >                 template=root_executable
> > 
> > This seems like a good idea.
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