If you don't have strong ties to CVS, already, I suggest using Subversion. It handles many of your complaints about permissions and symlinks better than CVS does.
I agree, Subversion is better then CVS. We've switched from CVS to Subversion a year ago and so far the entire dev team is very happy. If you do have an existing CVS infrastructure, it's also possible to switch to Subversion with cvs2svn which is in the ports tree (i.e. devel/cvs2svn).
You might find that using something like cfengine from ports suits your goals better than rolling your own pushing mechanism. The issue that you'll run into is that you tend to need a human or at least a decent set of rc scripts to properly adjust config files and make sure that services come back up after a significant config change or major version update exposing some compatibility problem.
Again, Chuck is absolutely right. Cfengine is great, but you must know what you're doing. If you simply want to track changes and be able to roll back your configuration files, then go with a more simple approach like using RCS locally. RCS is part of the base FreeBSD system. Just create a directory named RCS (in capital letters) and use the RCS commands. Check the man pages for rcs(1) ci(1) co(1) rcsdiff(1) and rcsintro(1). Actually, rcsintro(1) is probably where you want to start. http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=rcsintro&apropos=0&sektion=0&manpath=FreeBSD+6.2-RELEASE&format=html Now if you want to keep your changes on another machine, then it's just a simple question of running a backup of your machines. (you do backup right? ;) I've been using RCS for 10 years now and it's simple, fast and does not depend on your network. So it's always there even in worst case scenarios. RCS is also present under a whole bunch of different UNIX flavors like FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, RedHat, SuSE, Solaris, AIX, IRIX and HP-UX. So you're never lost because it's always the same :) Have fun, David -- David Robillard UNIX systems administrator & Oracle DBA CISSP, RHCE & Sun Certified Security Administrator Montreal: +1 514 966 0122 _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"