The official etckeeper website says:
etckeeper is a collection of tools to let /etc be stored in a git, mercurial, darcs, or bzr repository. It hooks into apt (and other package managers including yum and pacman-g2) to automatically commit changes made to /etc during package upgrades. It tracks file metadata that revison control systems do not normally support, but that is important for /etc, such as the permissions of
/etc/shadow. It’s quite modular and configurable, while also being simple to use if you understand the basics of working with revision control.
Debian/Ubuntu users can install etckeeper and git using apt.
$ sudo apt-get install etckeeper git-core
Open /etc/etckeeper/etckeeper.conf in your favorite text editor. The first option that you need to look at is
VCS, which is the version control system you want to use. By default it’s set to
git, but you can change it to
bzr depending on your preference.
If you want to specify some git commit options look ‘GIT_COMMIT_OPTIONS’
Another option that you may want to look is AVOID_COMMIT_BEFORE_INSTALL. By default, etckeeper will automatically commit any pending changes when you install packages. You can disable it by setting AVOID_COMMIT_BEFORE_INSTALL to 1.
Also set AVOID_DAILY_AUTOCOMMITS to 1 for avoiding daily auto commit.
$ sudo etckeeper init Initialized empty Git repository in /etc/.git/ $ sudo etckeeper commit -m "Initial import"
This will create a
git repository for /etc, add all files below /etc (except etckeeper ignore list) to that repository and commit (save) the current contents .
Whenever you make a coherent change to your configuration files, you can commit it by calling etckeeper commit:
$ sudo vi /etc/mysql/my.cnf $ sudo etckeeper commit -m "mysql conf change"
You can view your commits(saves) using simple git commands:
$ cd /etc/ $ sudo git log
or use a git front-end to see the commits:
$ cd /etc/ $ sudo gitk
Do try it out!