Configuration Validation

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at
Sat Sep 13 05:55:02 UTC 2008

On Fri, 2008-09-12 at 23:18 -0400, Martin Owens wrote:
> One of the concerns I have is with configurations, specifically those
> in /etc and those in ~/.*  . The files in /etc are known to the apt
> system and it's been built to warn the user if config files are to be
> overwritten. The config files in ~/.* are not recorded anywhere and
> they are at the mercy of the competency of the developers in format
> and version control. I'm not aware of any guidelines for these files.

Daniel Chen says to look at extending ucf for checking config file
changes during installs.  He also says look at the validators for
sudoers(5) and ssh_config(5)/sshd_config(5).

Mackenzie Morgan
apt-get moo
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