[Server-devel] Hi + Building the School Server

Holger Levsen holger at layer-acht.org
Mon Jul 2 13:32:26 EDT 2007

Hi Daniel,

nice to "meet" you :)

On Thursday 21 June 2007 23:25, Daniel Wyatt Margo wrote:
> In particular, I've been looking at configuration management and Holger's
> FAI setup. One of the issues I have been thinking about is, what is the
> best way to maintain and push out configuration updates without clobbering
> or discouraging local customizations? Right now, configuration is
> performed directly by FAI's scripts, which Scott and I think could be hard
> to maintain and raises other questions, such as the idempotence of the
> configuration scripts. I looked into .rpm configuration packages, but
> after talking with j5 he discouraged this, and suggested that instead, we
> might pull important configuration files directly from a version control
> system, even post-deployment. Rather than having FAI run configuration
> scripts, FAI's scripts could simply fetch configuration files from version
> control. It's simple, and it might even give us some neat features, like
> the ability to merge, or revert if we accidentally do clobber local
> settings.
> What do people think of this as a model for post-deployment configuration
> management?

That's basically what FAI does :) As I just described in the previous mail. 
FAI can also only copy configuration files kept in a repository :)

The same is true for the union-fs approach/idea: it still needs something to 
do the job. That said, I really like the union-fs idea.

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