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Re: [K12OSN] Re: OT - Upgrading Server - Copying Config Files


I wish I was as smart as the average Linux admin. That's a really elegant idea. Here I am scratching my head and worrying that I forgot something. I wish there was a way to do some sort of "cat=> " symlink. Where you could literally have a directory with only the changed bits.

One thing I started doing was putting my changed config files in a
completely separate directory and symlinking to them. That way, when I
change a configuration from the default it's all in the same place. So
for instance when making changes to /etc/aliases I will copy
/etc/aliases to /usr/local/confs/etc/aliases.xpaf and then symlink it.
This way all of my changes are in /usr/local/confs/etc (there is also
/usr/local/confs/var for the files that are normally in /var) and I can
copy only the changes that I've made for backups.

Carl Keil wrote:
> Thanks for the replies, guys.  I really like that diff approach,
> automated, but not too automated.
> This is just my basement server.  I can't really afford a separate
> database server, but I'll think about if there's a way to make that
> happen.  I do nightly backups to a backupPC box, I run a hardware
> firewall that only forwards the necessary ports to the server and
> iptables, of course, I kinda think of that as my security.  I don't know
> what more I can do at the level I'm at.  But I really appreciate the
> suggestions.  It's always good to be reminded to think about security.
> > ck >

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