question on mergemaster

Peter Ulrich Kruppa root at
Mon Jan 19 13:14:28 PST 2004

On Mon, 19 Jan 2004, Bill Moran wrote:

> If mergemaster checked each file for a magic value, such as:
> # mergemaster autoreplace
> and automatically updated those files without prompting the user, then
> users could add such a line to the beginning of each file in /etc that
> they are comfortable updating without feedback.  It may seem like a lot
> of work, but it's only done _once_ (although mergemaster would need to
> be taught to preserve this magic when it updates the file)
> The optimistic way to do this would be to have some sort of switch to
> mergemaster to tell it to go into autoupdate mode, and it will only ask
> for files that contain a "negative magic" like:
> # mergemaster noautoreplace
> In which case the administrator should put this string at the beginning
> of every file that he tweaks in /etc
> Comments?
What about a file "mergemaster_ignore" where I put in the six or
seven names of files that should never be touched?



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