Mergemaster and a mess of /etc (was: Re: Still getting warning
messages for rc.conf & default/rc.conf entries)
keramida at linux.gr
Sun Sep 12 13:07:55 PDT 2004
On 2004-09-09 14:22, Rob <rob at pythonemproject.com> wrote:
> I will probably recompile the whole system. Have only used mergemaser
> once, and somehow everything became a mess. Now I just compare
> timestamps and do it manually. You can actually do this fast with the
> right technique.
Until I started using mergemaster almost exclusively, I used to update my
/etc with the following sequence of steps:
# cd /usr/src/etc
# mkdir /tmp/temproot
# make DESTDIR="/tmp/temproot" distrib-dirs
# make DESTDIR="/tmp/temproot" distribution
# cd /tmp/temproot ; diff -ruN /etc etc > /tmp/patchfile
Then I manually edited /tmp/patchfile and applied it to my /etc taking care
to run cap_mkdb on /etc/login.conf and pwd_mkdb if /etc/passwd was changed.
All these can be handled by mergemaster just fine, though. I still do run
the same sequence of steps from time to time, but only as a check to make
sure that my /etc doesn't contain stale custom files (not included as part
of the base system source) that I created some time ago and then forgot to
update or delete when they became useless.
To make a long story short, what exactly is it about mergemaster that gives
you difficulties and why do you think that your /etc is a mess? A good way
to find out is to run the commands shown above and then post the diff
output saved in `/tmp/patchfile' to me. I'll check the differences of your
/etc from the /usr/src/etc sources and tell you what I find out.
* Note: the patchfile might contain critical information (such as the
encrypted password of your root account). A bit of caution and a bit of
careful editing of the file, to avoid posting sensitive information to a
stranger like me (or even worse to a public list), would be fine. Just
make sure you don't strip off useful stuff too.
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