[OpenAFS] package tool

Russ Allbery rra@stanford.edu
Wed, 27 Sep 2006 12:08:53 -0700

Steve Devine <sdevine@msu.edu> writes:

> The package tool  formally in the IBM transarc software is deprecated --
> in obsolete status.
> We have tried rebuilding it to run on Linux but so far no joy.
> We found this to be a helpful tool.
> Basically we have traditionally used it to run daily via crontab and if
> we have changed a file it get 'pushed' down and replaces old files.
> This is helpful to change printcap , hosts files;  etc.

The current version of package (for some definition of current) is at:


We're dropping it from OpenAFS not because it's not useful but because
it's not really related to OpenAFS and the OpenAFS maintainers aren't
really in a position to maintain and improve it.

> What methods / utility's are others using to keep machines configuration
> files current?

There are about as many different methods as there are sites.  Stanford is
currently in the process of deploying Puppet for that purpose.


Previously, we mostly used bundle plus shell scripts:


but that's intentionally a more manually-driven process rather than a
fully automated one.

Many other people use cfengine; we're deploying Puppet in preference
because the core seems more robust and the syntax easier to use.

Russ Allbery (rra@stanford.edu)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>