Package management on many hosts

Scott Lambert lambert at
Thu Feb 1 06:44:50 UTC 2007

On Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 03:48:49PM -0500, Paul Chvostek wrote:
> So ... on the topic of large-scale FreeBSD deployment ...
> How are people handling package version consistency in large groups of
> servers?  If you have a web farm with 10 hosts, plus 3 hosts in a QA
> farm, and you want to make sure you're using the same version everywhere
> and upgrading production to the version you tested last week in QA, do
> you just do it manually, perhaps using portdowngrade on each host, or
> installing binary packages built on one host?

I thought that kind of thing was what ports/sysutils/cfgengine was
designed to do.  I have never used it but the light reading I did on
cfengine after seeing it mentioned a couple of System Administration
books gave me that impression.
> Next, how are people dealing with portaudit info for groups of servers?
> Is the old standard of a cronjob for daily `portaudit -a` results still
> the best option?
> I'm putting together some tools to help with this stuff, but I'd hate to
> duplicate a perfectly functional wheel.

Scott Lambert                    KC5MLE                       Unix SysAdmin
lambert at

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