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date: 2010-02-09 21:21:19+00:00

'Tool of the day : etckeeper'

categories: - Linux - Versioning

etckeeper is a collection of tools to let /etc be stored in a git, mercurial, darcs, or bzr repository. It hooks into apt (and other package managers including yum and pacman-g2) to automatically commit changes made to /etc during package upgrades. It tracks file metadata that revison control systems do not normally support, but that is important for /etc, such as the permissions of /etc/shadow. It's quite modular and configurable, while also being simple to use if you understand the basics of working with revision control.

Under Debian Lenny :

Install :

apt-get install etckeeper

Set ut the git repository (git is the default repository system, see /etc/etckeeper/etckeeper.conf if you want to change that) :

cd /etc etckeeper init etckeeper commit "initial import"

We're done with the initial setup..

If you install a package through apt-get or aptitude, changes will be automatically commited.

If you made changes to files under /etc, commit them by doing :

git commit -a

Also, you can install trac-git, which provides a user friendly web interface to browse your git repository.