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Re: cfengine Mac packages, universal binaries, and mass deployment

Subject: Re: cfengine Mac packages, universal binaries, and mass deployment
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2006 14:57:33 -0500

I'd say use some sort of package mechanism, get that installed on 
every machine first.  Some choices might be yum, apt-get or rpm.
Then once you've got that built, have that be the clickable, 
installable item and deal with installing cfengine second.  It might 
be a pain at first, but the payoff for having something that can 
manage the packages in addition to distributing them would be 
very valuable.

Plus, if you install cfengine via rpm or pkg-get, you'll be able to 
manage cfengine via itself as well.


>>> "Jason Edgecombe" <address@hidden> 01/19/06 11:42 AM

I've been running cfengine on about 50 Mac's running OS 10.3 (Panther)

for at least 6 months now. We also have lots of mixed distro linux

Various forces have aligned as to push the cfengine Mac deployment to 
the top of my todo list. BTW, I work at a university. I would
that we have 200-400 Mac's to deploy to.

I'd like to hear the experience of others who have done mass-deployment

of cfengine on Mac's before.

These are unmanaged Mac's. Most were installed from an image, but no 
management hooks are in place now. apple Remote Desktop/remote login is

not an option because it isn't enabled on most.

The Plan:
The plan is for myself and an handful of co-workers and student workers

to touch each machine and install cfengine. Installing by hand on the 
command-line isn't really an option because of the skill-levels 
involved. I plan to create a Mac-installable pkg file that can be 
double-clicked and will perform the install.

I'm looking for any advice that anyone may have, from creating the 
package to deployment. We have a working set of cfengine inputs, so
isn't a big problem. I also have a working cfengine rev .14 binary. I 
figure that is well tested and I can upgrade later.

I don't currently have any Intel Mac's, but has anyone played with 
cfengine on any of the new Intel Mac's? Has anyone create cfengine as a

universal binary? Any advice on these things would be appreciated.

Jason Edgecombe

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