Section: Portage (1)
Updated: Jan 2011
dispatch-conf - Sanely update configuration files after emerging new packages
is designed to be run after merging new packages
in order to see if there are updates to the configuration files.
If a new configuration file will overwrite an old one, dispatch-conf
will prompt the user for a decision about how to resolve the discrepancy.
Advantages of dispatch-conf
include easy rollback (changes to config
files are stored either using patches or rcs) and the ability to
automatically update config files that the user has never modified or
that differ from the current version only in CVS cruft or white space.
dispatch-conf will check all directories in the CONFIG_PROTECT
variable. All config files found in CONFIG_PROTECT_MASK will
automatically be updated for you by dispatch-conf. See
make.conf(5) for more information.
must be run as root, since the config files to be
replaced are generally owned by root. Before running dispatch-conf
for the first time the settings in /etc/dispatch-conf.conf
should be edited and the archive directory specified in
will need to be created. All changes to
config files will be saved in the archive directory either as patches
or using rcs, making restoration to an earlier version rather simple.
When dispatch-conf finds a config file that has a new update the user
is provided with a menu of options for how to handle the update:
Update (replace) the current config file with the new config file and continue.
Zap (delete) the new config file and continue.
Skip to the next config file, leaving both the original config file and any
Edit the new config file, using the editor defined in EDITOR.
Interactively merge the current and new config files.
Look at the differences between the pre-merged and merged config files.
Toggle between the merged and pre-merged config files (in terms of which
should be installed using the u command).
Display a help screen.
to use rcs
(1), read and execute permissions of archived
files may be inherited from the first check in of a working file,
as documented in the ci
(1) man page. This means that even
if the permissions of the working file have since changed, the
older permissions of the first check in may be inherited. As
mentioned in the ci
(1) man page, users can control access
to RCS files by setting the permissions of the directory
containing the files.
Please report bugs via https://bugs.gentoo.org/
Karl Trygve Kalleberg <email@example.com>
Mike Frysinger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Grant Goodyear <email@example.com>
Configuration settings for dispatch-conf are stored here.