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From: felix@...
Subject: Re: Update config files
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2006 14:48:37 -0800
On Mon, Jan 09, 2006 at 04:14:03PM -0500, Mark Haney wrote:
> What's the best way to update config files?  I am a big fan of RH's 
> method of dealing with them, and can't stand the way Debian does it, so 
> how do the majority of Gentoo users manage their config files?

Don't know how RedHat or Debian do it, don't know how the majority of
gentoo users do it.  What I do is use RCS on any config file I modify,
or if I look at it and would have modified it except it happens, by
chance, to include the parameters I want.  Most config files are so
general purpose that I don't care, such as /etc/init.d/*.  When I
started, I was not aware of the gentoo update programs, so I use my
own little script, which searches for ._cfg files which correspond to
RCS controlled files, and use diff or emacs emerge-* facilities to
compare and update.  The whole process takes maybe 5 minutes in a
heavy week.  Once in a while, some package will have a major re-org
and it takes longer to copy changes, but it is not difficult, and
these major changes would take longer under any system.

My major inherent assumption is that if I haven't put a file under RCS
control, I don't care what changes an update makes.

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Re: Update config files
-- Duncan
Update config files
-- Mark Haney
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