* The Wanderer <wande...@fastmail.fm> [190807 09:28]: > Cloning isn't the only example of a case where some machine-specific > configuration detail may need to be updated, without that being obvious > in advance. > > I've begun to wonder whether it might be worth the overhead to set up > some type of mechanism to let packages which define such > machine-specific IDs A: declare the fact, in a central location which > the sysadmin of a machine where that package is installed can easily > check, and B: define an automated way of performing the appropriate > update / regenerate step in a way which covers all known places where > the ID needs to be updated.
I think this is a good idea, but will require work and coordination to accomplish. A wiki.debian.org page with your ideas and (perhaps on a separate page) a place to list things that need updating after the physical copying is complete would be wonderful, if you feel motivated to get it started. :-) Hostname, machine-id (new to me too!), and ssh host keys can start the list. ...Marvin