On 7/15/05, Stephen Shirley <diamond at skynet.ie> wrote:
> A few years ago, i got tired of trying to keep my normal configs (bash,
> vim, cvs, screen) in sync on all the machines i had shell accounts on,
> so i decided to script it. So i defined one set of configs to be the
> master set, and wrote a script on that machine to copy the configs to a
> list of other machines/accounts.
Subversion is fantastically brilliant for this task.
For example, I've got a service running on 4 servers in three
locations. One of them is nominated the "test" server, where new
configs can be tried out. When I'm happy editing
/etc/appname/config.file, I just do a "svn ci
/etc/appname/config.file" and move onto my next task. A cronjob on all
servers does svn update's and restarts services as required.
This methodology can easily be applied to .bash_profile, .vimrc etc.
There's no reason why you couldn't use CVS or arch for this task,
however I really like svn's model and commands.
> That was fine, except it took ages.
> Anytime a machine wasn't reachable (due to it being off, or the ssh
> tunnel being down, mostly), everything just hung waiting for the
> connection attempt to time out.
"Pull" is better than "Push":
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