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Re: control file Replaces: question

On Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 02:44:20AM +0100, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> > If you really need to do this, you will need to divert the configuration
> > files with dpkg-divert.  However, you really don't want to do this.
> > Rather than managing configuration files with a package, you really want
> > to use something like Puppet or Cfengine to manage configuration.
> I tried this once and I setteled on writing a package that would fetch
> my conffiles from a RCS. On initial install it would just check them
> out and dump them in place. On updates it would update them to the tag
> coresponding to the package version. If you have different configs per
> host you can create branches for each host and fetch from there.
> You can also add a hook to run post dpkg that will compare the state
> of conffiles with the RCS and warn you about changes.

Or just use etckeeper.

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
(Albert Einstein)

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