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System Configuration by Paul Anderson

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5.1. Cfengine

Cfengine is probably one of the most widely used, and earliest, tools to address the system configuration problem, with a USENIX paper on it dating from 1995 [32]; it is now a mature product, freely available on most UNIX systems. Cfengine includes a rich set of features which are well-documented and discussed elsewhere—the cfengine Web site [31] includes pointers to a range of material. This section presents a very brief outline of cfengine's design and discusses the relationship with the various aspects of the configuration problem outlined in chapter 1. Readers unfamiliar with cfengine will probably want to read some of the cfengine references first: Æleen Frisch's article [49], for example, provides a good overview of the system. ...

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