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I'm a sysadmin and I use versioning for two things: development and active configs. I use subversion & CVS for stuff I'm developing (slowly migrating to svn). I use bazaar for config files.

I have scripts that run every X minutes to check in any config changes into bazaar. This way, if someone else makes an edit or if I forget to do a check-in, I have a history I can play back. If I discover that some obscure web page stopped working 2 months ago (not unlikely, some people never check their own pages), and I need to figure out what I changed, my bazaar diffs are great. I almost never actually roll back, but it's a fantastic diagnostic resource. If someone says I broke the web server and I think they broke their own web code, I can show exactly what edits I've made in the timeframe in question. It's awesome.


In reply to Re: My preferred version control system is... by pileofrogs
in thread My preferred version control system is... by Arunbear

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    [Corion]: ambrus: Yeah - we're in that situation too, except that there is no time to do the reorganizing :-/
    [LanX]: ... so my boss started a project with the newest sun servers and invited the traders to come on weekend to test it... and they were so pleased, that they forced him to keep it in production...
    [ambrus]: Corion: sure, this is the long-term plan. The short term is that I have to run this ungodly mess to get results from the new input data today.
    [Corion]: ambrus: Most of our "automation" is tied to process exit codes and a shell pipeline :-\
    [LanX]: ... a week later they realized that one of the databases - which recorded how much the other banks due to this bank - was not correctly plugged
    [ambrus]: Corion: I have no problem with exit codes and shell pipeline. My problem is that the current process requires a lot of manual intervention from me, including editing the source codes.
    [ambrus]: (Also a lot of manual intervention by two or three other co-workers, who do other parts of the process.)
    [ambrus]: Some of the manual part is unavoidable, but not all.
    [choroba]: LanX was there a way to recover the numbers from the remaining information?
    [Corion]: LanX: Ow ;)

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