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System Configuration by Paul Anderson

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3.3. Deployment Issues

After a model for the desired configuration has been developed and has been expressed in an appropriate language, a configuration tool is needed to deploy the specification onto a physical system.

Most operating systems are completely ill-suited to automated configuration management; changes to the configuration on an individual machine may involve changes to several different files (in as many different formats) and often the restarting or notification of assorted processes as well. The details of this process are largely uninteresting, despite the fact that it represents the bulk of the code in most configuration tools; when the configuration specification changes, some code is required to translate the new specification ...

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