config file under RCS

Sebastien Estienne sebastien.estienne at
Tue Dec 20 09:31:35 UTC 2005

2005/12/20, Fabio Massimo Di Nitto <fabbione at>:
> Sebastien Estienne wrote:
> > hello,
> >
> > I'm particularly interested in this feature, and i have some comments:
> > - i don't really like the crontab idea, i'll give an example:
> > The admin make a modification to smb.conf in RCS, and make a typo, he
> > doesn't commit and logout.
> > 1 hour later while he is eating the commit happen and samba
> > automatically take into account the new config file (samba noticed
> > that its config changed , he auto reload it, it's the default samba
> > behaviour) and the config is broken, so the samba process may not work
> > anymore.
> >
> > - so i thought about a solution to this, we could modify the prompt of
> > the user when he has a local modification that he didn't commit, a bit
> > like when emacs display "**" when you modifyed the file but didn't
> > save it. eg: we could had a simple character at the begining of the
> > PS1.
> > - second idea we could tell him about uncommited modifications when he logs out:
> > "You have uncommited data, do you really want to log out? (y/n)"
> >
> > what are your opinions on the topic?
> I think you misunderstood the point of the crontab in general. The idea is
> exactly to commit at regular times so that if the admin forgets to do it,
> it gets done, but nobody ever said that a commit will reload a service at all.
> The idea is to be able to track when an error has been introduced (that could
> happen with or without RCS) by who (since the name is generally logged) and the
> possibility to revert the change that did break (that you can't do without RCS).
> Reload of services is mentioned nowhere and it won't be an option.
> If samba of whatever service automatically reload on config change, that would
> happen with or without RCS. In the latter case you need to find the error
> manually ;)

Right, but without the crontab you notice it immediately, and not one
hour later when you may be away from your keyboard

You didn't comment on the "PS1" and "logout" ideas, i think they are
still valid with the crontab autocommit, it gives an immediate visual

> So generally i see no problem with that.
> Fabio
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