idea bouncing: using cvs as a replacement for mergemaster

Daniel O'Connor doconnor at
Wed Nov 28 02:15:39 PST 2007

On Wed, 28 Nov 2007, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
> On 2007-11-27 22:45, "Aryeh M. Friedman" <aryeh.friedman at> 
> > I was thinking seeing the fact that I already have a cvs repo of
> > - -current does it make sense to just use CVS to update /etc
> > instead of mergemaster... if so any ideas on doing it cleanly?
> It may work, but it doesn't ``scale'' to dozens of machines, and you
> still have to do merging when upstream files (the ones in the FreeBSD
> repository) change.  It's not particularly hard to merge with CVS, if
> you consider the src/etc files of FreeBSD a ``vendor branch'', but
> it's not exactly a fun ride either.

etcmerge does a 3 way merge which makes most updates almost completely 
painless.. It does need to be taught to special case certain files tho 
(ie all of the ones derived from others like spwd.db, aliases.db, etc) 
but apart from that it is very nice.

It is a port - sysutils/etcmerge.
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