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Editfiles Convergence


From: Brian E. Seppanen
Subject: Editfiles Convergence
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 14:30:49 -0500 (EST)

Hello:

I have a file that I distribute to a number of different hosts originating
from a masterhost.  In some circumstances this file is modified on the
receiving end to change the functional role of the configuration.  My
question is if this file is always intended to copy the file from a master
host, and that an editfile is necessary to change the configuration is
that considered a convergent configuration?

i.e.

copy:

any::

/etc/testfile
        dest=/etc/testfile
        server=192.168.1.2
        encrypt=true
        type=sum
        define=update

editfiles:

hosta::

{ /etc/testfile
        ReplaceAll "Change Me" With "I'm Different"
}

shellcommands:

update.any::

        /etc/init.d/test restart


In this situation will the file always be copied because an endpoint 
editfile is necessary to converge?   If it is always copied that would 
seem to define the action of restarting the service each time?

Can someone better versed in cfengine enlighten me?

PS: I can't imagine a system administration environment without cfengine 
(or rather I don't want to).


Thanks,

Brian Seppanen
address@hidden
906-475-0107 ext 1040




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