[Gllug] Change Management tools

Bruce Richardson itsbruce at uklinux.net
Wed Jun 8 12:24:29 UTC 2005

On Wed, Jun 08, 2005 at 01:10:47PM +0100, Tethys wrote:
> We use AIDE to verify that the machine is in a consistent, approved
> state. Any changes are detected, and a simple web front end lets us
> add annotations to explain the reasons for the change (which should
> tie in to a change request number, although they don't always do so
> yet). As for who's made the change, you'd need process accounting or
> something like systrace/dtrace to be able to see that sort of information,
> which starts getting pretty invasive and potentially harms performance.

AFAIK, AIDE only offers you change monitoring and any change management
you do relies on whatever working practices you enforce.  The difference
with using a revision control system (I'm not saying it's better, just
different) is that it can be used for the change management as well.
AIDE does not let you roll back, replicate a configuration for a
specific machine from a specific point in time, provide a way of merging
changes from 2 different systems etc.


I must admit that the existence of Disneyland (which I know is real)
proves that we are not living in Judea in AD 50. -- Philip K. Dick
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