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Re: keeping multiple debian machines in sync

I wonder if its possible to create an master 'image' and xfer it over to
other machines. Of course all the machines must the same hardware.

On Wed, 2 Apr 1997, Steve Hsieh wrote:

> Having used debian for quite awhile now, I've really come to appreciate
> the package system and it works great on an individual machine basis.  
> But as soon as you have to start keeping many debian systems in sync with
> each other, it starts to get time consuming using dselect.
> How have others tackled this problem of keeping 10 or more debian linux
> machines synced together?  I assume you don't go about running dselect on
> each machine.  One alternative I can think of is to use dpkg
> --get-selection to get the list of installed packages on a master machine,
> and then use dpkg --set-selection on the rest of the machines to set what
> is selected to be installed, and then to run dpkg over there.  Still in
> that case, I still have to babysit each install process and answer the
> same questions in the post-install scripts as I did on the master machine.
> The other alternative seems to be using rdist or some similar program and
> rdisting /usr and selected parts of /var to the other machines.  But in
> that case, I break the package lists on the other machines since the other
> machines will no longer know the correct list of packages already
> installed, and it is conceivable that someone might want to add one or two
> packages not in the "standard" distribution in which case it might fail.
> Ideas?
> Thanks.

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