Bad experiences with distros (was Re: [H-GEN] CRUX (A programmers linux distro))

Adrian Sutton adrian at
Thu Aug 5 04:30:30 EDT 2004

> Yes, of course you need to decide between RCS, SCCS, CVS, arch,
> Subversion, darcs, perforce, etc.  Then you need to learn how to
> use the chosen tool.  And then you need to learn to actually use
> it every time.  But these are small things, in comparison to the
> pain that people seem to put themselves through with this stuff.
> Maybe somebody could do the "how to use revision control in your
> regular system administration" talk at a Humbug meeting one day
> soon?

Yes please!  I was going to comment about how nice it must be to live 
in such a fantasy world where those concepts work, work well and are 
actually worth the effort, but asking for someone to teach me how to do 
it is a much better option.  Personally, my solution is to clone the 
entire hard drive every so often and then after a reinstall copy back 
the things I think of and feel are safe to just copy back and set up 
the rest of the stuff from scratch again.

I am however planning to upgrade my main server from OS X 10.2 to 10.3 
soon and it would be good to avoid having to do it properly so that 
next time I don't have to remember how I got DNS, DHCP, SSH, HTTPS, 
IMAPS, fetchmail and who knows what else running how I wanted it.

Even if a talk doesn't come out of it, would someone be able to spare 
some time to impart their experiences and knowledge in this area for my 
benefit please?

> Cheers, Greg


Adrian Sutton.

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