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Re: Step by Step Startup ??

From: David Douthitt
Subject: Re: Step by Step Startup ??
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2005 01:50:45 -0600
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David Masterson wrote:
Forgive the strange quoting below -- Novell's  Groupwise isn't very

What I did at times with Groupwise was to cut the text into gvim (or
other suitable text editor) and add the quoting there, as well as any reply.

Then paste all of the text back into the Groupwise message box.

Thanks for the info.  What I'm thinking of is:

1. Download CFEngine (I had problems finding the download location

This seems odd; isn't there a link on the very first page at the top?

2. untar, configure, and make install (this is
documented, but could be moved up to a "Quick Start" section).

In many packages, this is described by a generic instruction text.

3. Do
"this" to cause /var/cfengine to be setup (this is missing).

"this" is configuration, including update.conf and cfagent.conf.

4. Test
cfengine with this cfagent.conf (this is missing).

This is done by using the right options with cfagent.

5. Install this
basic update.conf/cfservd.conf (sort of documented on

If you've done steps 3 and 4, you already have at least some of these files.

Basically a fleshed out "Quick Start" section to help people get up
and running.  This is useful to *both* people who've read the
documentation (it gives them a good example) and people who have not.

For me, the most confusing part initially was that there was no cfengined - or anything like it. In reality, the program is cfagent.

There also is typically no startup file for cfagent - since it runs as a cronjob or on demand. However, a startup file to run cfagent "on demand" is often recommended to help keep a system up-to-date, and to install needed upgrades on the first boot.

David Douthitt
UNIX System Administrator
Linux+, LPIC-1, RHCE
HP-UX, Unixware, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD

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