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[opensuse] Re: [tclug-list] Server config management question
  • From: Sunny <sloncho@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 15:55:40 -0500
  • Message-id: <e7eeb230809191355o3b28581od84a5badb1439ef8@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 10:12 AM, Jeff Nelson <stutterstutt@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Not all problems can be solved with technology. I'll bet if someone
forgets to put the changes in subversion and loses them, he will have a
painful reminder not to do that again. He will either learn or he won't.
If he doesn't you have choices.

However, that being said, there is a way to do what you want.

On each server, run a script to compare the files on the server with the
files in subversion. If there is a difference, yell, scream, whatever.
Email the entire group with the notice that someone goofed, complete
with full details. (Peer pressure can be useful.)

You can schedule this script to run whenever you want, depending on how
long you are willing to risk non-detection.

An optimization comes to mind: find only those server files that have
been changed since the last script run and just compare those.

I'll bet you could even figure out how to kick off this script as a
pre-commit action so each time someone tries to commit a change, your
script automatically runs. The commit is aborted if *any* file on *any*
server is different. Now the person who wants to commit will have to
stop and figure out what happened and why. (More peer pressure can be
brought to bear.)

Or, skip the post-commit step, and instead of running rsync, run
scheduled jobs on each server to check the svn log, see the latest
update, compare with the current date/time of the file on the server,
and if the server's version of the file is newer than the svn version,
do not update, but ring a bell.


Svetoslav Milenov (Sunny)

Even the most advanced equipment in the hands of the ignorant is just
a pile of scrap.
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