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Re: cfengine?

This is a reply from Mark Burgess (esteemed author of cfengine) regarding
your question on cfengine...

Brian White wrote:

This message was posted to the debian-user list.  I thought you would be
> I must admit, I've been a little lax in keeping the version of cfengine
> that is available under Debian up to date with your releases.  He'll be
> running version 1.3.8.

>In cfengine all machines belong to several classes, e.g

>mail_server = ( tango )
>mail_client = ( samba rumba )

>home_server = ( samba )

>In a cfengine-file one can use these classes to perfom any action. But
>when I want to perform the e.g. the following action

    do something

    do something

    do something

>the script doesn't perform the last entry for home_server on samba,
>because the host samba already belongs to the class mail_client and a
>action for this host is already performed. Isn't there a possibility
>to test for all classes if the hosts belongs to it or not?



Mark Burgess (author of cfengine) replies:

Hei. I think you have misunderstood. Cfengine will perform all the
actions for defined classes. If it is not doing so, I would guess that
there is some kind of misunderstanding going on. You could try to follow
the voluminous output from the -d2 flag which gives debugging info,
or -v for verbose to see whether all the classes you think are defined
really are.

Otherwise, I would definitely upgrade to 1.3.16 (Brian!) It has some
nice new features and a few bug fixes, which might just help...

good luck!

BTW: there are now two cfengine newsgroups whcih have finally started


best regards,


Since Debian is going through a code freeze for its next release, I
decided to leave the last version I had used without problem.  I
will release the latest version of cfengine in the next week or two.
                                 ( bcwhite@verisim.com )
    In theory, theory and practice are the same.  In practice, they're not.

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