Script to keep a history of changes done to /etc/
One of the script I have written as part of my work here at the
University of Oslo is a little fragment to maintain a history of the
changes done in /etc/. I believe this script can be useful for all
installations, and was allowed to release it as GPL. Here is the
script. It require a minor rewrite to go into the debian-edu-config
package. I'll try to find time to do that unless someone beats me to
it. Anyone want to improve it?
Share and enjoy.
# Author: Petter Reinholdtsen
# Date: 2004-09-08
# License: GNU Public License v2 or later at your choice
# Store a copy of /etc/ in CVS, and keep track of changes. Run this
# script from CVS at least once a day, to track changes.
if [ ! -x $CVS ] ; then
msg="error: Missing $CVS, unable to continue."
logger -t usit-etcvs "$msg"
# Bootstrap if running for the first time
if [ ! -d $CVSROOT/CVSROOT ] ; then
mkdir -p $CVSROOT
$CVS -d $CVSROOT init
# Limit access
chown root $CVSROOT
chmod 700 $CVSROOT
hosttag=`echo $hostname | sed "s/\\./_/g"`
# We can either import it all
logger -t usit-etcvs "Importing current /etc/ to $CVSROOT"
$CVS -Q -d $CVSROOT import -m "Import current version." \
etc-$hostname $hosttag $tag
# or we can loop over all files, add new files and commit the change.