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From: James <wireless@×××××××××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-user] congruant gentoo servers
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 17:17:04
Message-Id: loom.20080627T164115-243@post.gmane.org
Hello,

I need to deploy a (gentoo) server, on an isolated, remote network, with 
just a few custom applications. However, to periodically
update the gentoo distro, I want to build a second (congruent)
system, that can be physically swapped for update, or in the
event of failure (brain-dead, I know but for now, that's a
hard constraint).


So I have system with identical mother boards, cpus and the same amount
of ram. The size of the drives differs, but, that should not be a problem. 

Where to start?
The both have the same profile:
[9]   default/linux/x86/2008.0 *


The both have the same kernel/options:
2.6.24-gentoo-r8

The world files are different. One is mimimal and very close
to what I want, the other needs many packages removed.

Likewise the one system has a minimal make.conf file, which
I like, the other is quite bloated over the years.


So before I go any further, should I just set about pruning the
bloated system down to match the minimal system, or go for a new install.

Also what else would I check and modify to ensure the systems are
as close to congruent as possbile?

rc-status?

installed packages?


file by file in /etc?


Any tools or suggestions to help in this effort are much welcome.

Should I just "dd" one (minmalistic) drive contents to the 
other?

any discussion or ideas are most welcome.

James



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Re: [gentoo-user] congruant gentoo servers Alan McKinnon <alan.mckinnon@×××××.com>
Re: [gentoo-user] congruant gentoo servers Uwe Thiem <uwix@××××.na>