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

Carl Keil carl at snarlnet.com
Sun Jan 4 21:00:09 UTC 2009


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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