11th Systems Administration Conference (LISA '97)
An Analysis of UNIX System Configuration
Argonne National Laboratory
Management of operating system configuration files files is an
essential part of UNIX systems administration. It is particularly
difficult in environments with a large number of computers.
paper presents a study of UNIX configuration file management. It
compares existing systems and tools from the literature, presents
several case studies of configuration file management in practice,
examines one site in depth, and makes numerous observations on the
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