Using software to track changes on a system to deploy them to many systems. Common tools are puppet, chef, and cfengine.

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Is it safe to init a Mercurial repository on /etc?

My company has an external server, mostly managed by a 3rd party. Sometimes they do configuration changes but 'forgot' to tell us. I am thinking of tracking all changes to /etc. Is it safe to do hg ...
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Configuration Editor does not show active plugins under Screen0 [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu 14.x installed in my system and use Expo and Scale plugins with their edge bindings extensively. Earlier I used to use Configuration manager to set their place last in the list of active ...
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Problem in configuring Oracle 11g

I am trying to install Oracle 11g.But, I am unable to configure /etc/init.d/oracle-xe configure Getting like below root@madhu-Lenovo-G500:/home/madhu# sudo /etc/init.d/oracle-xe configure ...
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Configuration management and shared files with laptops [closed]

I have a Kubuntu Laptop which is my primary computer (Me-X220). I also have an older desktop (Me-Aspire) that my girlfriend uses, but which I administrate. She has a tower (Her-Medion) and a WM ...
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How to sync Ubuntu/software/configurations between N computers with free software and/or without a cloud? [closed]

Note: this question is not about syncing data in a Dropbox-like way (files, folders), it is more about syncing configurations. I would like to have exactly the same version of Ubuntu with all the ...
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Creating a .deb that just places/updates config files?

I was surprised to not find more people asking this question, but so far I've only found one from a couple of years ago, with not much in the way of responses. First, some background on what I'm ...
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VPS/Cloud configuration management automatization for small environments

What would be an appropriate tool/approach for configuration management of a relatively small number of VPS/VMs (1-5). Even though it's a small number I'm a big fan of 'nuke 'n boot' and therefore ...
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Getting an error while mounting machine_config

I am trying to boot my system but, it is giving me an error as "An error occurred while mounting home/jack/jack-app/machine_config " Press S skip to mounting or M for manual recovery ...
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How to run a program automatically on printing

I developed a simple application that show on screen my printers ink levels. I'd like to run this program automatically every time that Ubuntu send to the printer the print command. Can anybody help ...
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Enabling Integrity Measurement Architecture in Ubuntu?

Hi how can I enable Integrity Measurement Architecture (IMA) in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS? I have a value idea that it is done somewhere by changing some configuration but don’t know how to get into those ...
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How can I force all applications to use $XDG_CONFIG_HOME instead of ~/.APP?

As far as I understand, the XDG guidelines recommend that applications store their configuration in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/APP (usually ~/.config/APP) rather than ~/.APP (I'm not sure if there are also ...
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How to do a near-full desktop experience sync?

I have two machines in two fairly distant locations that I do development on, depending on where I am. I currently use a git sync to keep the following dotfiles manually synced .irssi .ssh/config ...
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How do I create an icon for a script or software that is available to every user whether new or existing

There seems to be lots of help in the FAQs for customizing Unity, even with dconf-editor and other tools. However, as an administrator of a large thin client installation, from time to time, there ...
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Puppet-Like Configuration Tool?

In the business environment I work in, we tried to use Puppet to manage both our Linux and Windows machines. This includes tasks like installation of programs that are needed for our department and ...
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Can I migrate a tor hiddenservice from one user/PC to another?

Is there a way to migrate the hidden service from one PC to another? I have tried to put hiddenservice folder with host and private key in another tor, but got this error: Dec 24 00:11:38.793 [warn] ...
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Can symlinks be used in /etc/cron.d/?

I'm trying to implement a configuration mechanism that allows in a certain project to deploy through svn a cron configuration. I immediately thougt that what I should do is cerate symlinks from ...
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Gconf-editor missing gnome-system-tools from tree

I am trying to to enable the /apps/gnome-system-tools/users/show_all flag that is supposed to be in gconf-editor. According to the Ubuntu community documentation, and many google searches, the key I ...
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Checklist for upgrading a very out of date install

Background: My last upgrade was from 9.04 to 9.10, and it did not go well. I lost a lot of my settings and spent way too much time reinstalling packages that I though I already had. Last April, I ...
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How can I revert back to initial configuiration of 11.04? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I restore default settings and configuration, but keep local data, installed apps, and PPAs? Is any way to return to the initial configuration of my ubuntu??, ...
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What is the proper way to install Puppet on a server? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install a puppetmaster? We've got several Ubuntu 10.04 servers and I'm looking to deploy Puppet for configuration management. The machines already have RVM ...
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Configuration management, tripwire style? [closed]

Is there a method to detect configuration/package changes on a server that is more Ubuntu-centric than tripwire? I'd like a tripwire-like daemon that would report configuration diff's and package ...
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Why is there only one configuration management tool in the main repository?

How is it that Cfengine does not exist in the Ubuntu (10.04 LTS) Main Repository? I can't find a discussion of this anywhere (using Google). The only configuration management in Ubuntu Main seems to ...
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Will applications be putting user data in ~/.config instead of just ~?

Are there any plans to have applications store data from each user in home/user/.config instead of just home/user/ and their respective directories?
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A simple way to manage configuration of dot files and packages?

In a few hours I will get my new Thinkpad X201t and the first thing that I will do is install Ubuntu on it. In the last two months I switched machines quite a lot because I needed to work despite my ...
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What is the relationship between .gconf, .gnome2, .cache, .local, and other dot-file hierarchies in my home directory?

According to this answer, .local .cache and .config are, by convention, configuration storage locations adopted by Gnome and Ubuntu. Are .gnome .gnome2 and .gconf therefore legacy configuration ...
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How do I duplicate a server's packages and configuration to another machine?

I have a production server running Ubuntu. I would like to setup similar configuration installed on my local machine. I'd like to have same packages installed. Since bandwidth is a constraint the ...