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Friday August 20, 2004
05:04 PM

On using version control when sysadminning

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My brother is the techy guy for a small business, and he was recently trying to modify Postfix to talk to spamc/spamd. He got into a bind, and IM'ed me. The conversation went something like:

Me: so what did you change?

Him: I put stuff in from {mumble web page}, but I took it back out.

Me: So, you're back to the original working configs?

Him: I think so.

Me: think? What does RCS say?

Him: that I'm an idiot for not using it?


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  • I was in the same boat about a year ago or so. When I hosed my Postfix install I was wishing that I had used RCS of some kind. I did get Postfix working with spamc/spamd after much searching with Google. I wish that I had documented the process that I took but I didn't.
    • Yeah, I'm the idiot brother. :D
      A few changes to the Postfix config files and I was hosed. Had to evntually uninstall Postfix, delete all the config dirs and reinstall it to get back to square one. Took a quick lesson on how to use RCS and saved the working setup before adding Spamassassin to Postfix.
      I did the quick and dirty config located at []
      That config works providing spamd doesn't die on you, which will cause all the email to bounce. :P