[K12OSN] OT - Upgrading Server - Copying Config Files

"Terrell Prudé Jr." microman at cmosnetworks.com
Fri Jan 2 23:03:29 UTC 2009

Basically, yes, you can just copy over the config files.  Fedora 6 and 
RHEL/CentOS 5 are so similar that unless you look *very* carefully, you 
wouldn't know the difference.  Fedora 6 was basically Fedora 5 without 
all of Fedora 5's bugginess.  So yeah, it should go quite smoothly for 
your scenario.

Now, if you were going between types of distros, e. g. from Debian to 
CentOS, then a little more care would be needed, but sure, you could 
still do it.  You'd just have to know where each distro "style" puts the 
config files by default.  But I've done it on several occasions.  That's 
kinda the point of GNU/Linux--you are never locked into one distro type.

If something goes awry, /var/log/messages should steer you in the right 

As for the "Server Administrator's Oath," I don't know about anything in 
writing.  But all the "oath" I ever heard of, or had others "take", was 
the understanding that if you screw it up, you clean it up, and you do 
your damndest not to screw up...or you're fired.  That usually gets 
people's attention very nicely, and it has the merit of being the truth.

If you're concerned about the kid's "training", then have him read and 
learn Eric S. Raymond's "How to Ask Questions the Smart Way."  I made 
that required reading for both of my troops before they got "enable" 
privileges on our Cisco routers.

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Carl Keil wrote:
> Hey Folks,
> I'm upgrading (updating?) a Fedora 5 web server to Centos 5.   I'm 
> doing a fresh install from CD's on a new box, but I basically have the 
> Fedora 5 thing working just how I want it right now as far as 
> configuration.  I'm upgrading because I want security updates, I would 
> like to add some stuff that's not in the FC5 repos and I have a hard 
> drive failing so now's the time to do it.
> Anyway, I'm confused about the config files.  Can I just copy over the 
> apache/mysql/iptables/samba/ssh files?  If there are new/different 
> versions of these things on the new server won't that cause problems?  
> I'm thinking I need to just copy certain parts of each file.  Is that 
> the way most folks do it?
> Thanks,
> ck
> PS  I have a kid who helps me at the school I do volunteer IT support 
> for.  I want to have him take the Server Administrator's Oath, but I 
> can't find it anywhere.  Does anyone know what I'm talking about and 
> know where to find it?
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