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What is keeper? --------------------- The idea behind keeper is to improve and simplify using git and rsync as a backup and security strategy for the linux /etc directory. Why is that important? ---------------------- The /etc directory is usually the systems directory where linux safes its global settings and configurations for certain services and daemons such as ssh or the apache web server. These files keep to be constantly configured and maintained by one or even more administrators. keeper uses git to keep track of these configurations and adds the missing feature of git not only to store these files but to keep track of there permissions and file owners in this directory. *By using git it is fairly easy to role back some broken or misconfigured files. *The commentary functionality of git can be used to document the work of the administrator. keeper saves a copy of the /etc directory at another location than the /etc directory. It uses rsync to sync between these copies and uses git afterward to check in certain changes. *Therefore the last known good state can be verified. *keeper itself can also restore permissions of a particular file. *In future there will be even more features like multiple backups and cronjob. What do i need: Linux rsnyc git awk sed find stat Why a new keeper: The old one was to complicated to configure and to use.. The used git repository should not be in the /etc directory itself but rather safed as an exact copy. I needed a way to easily keep track of permissions. More than one backup of the keeper seems to be a good idea. Also adding the check function as a cronjob. Does this work: It has some Bugs which causes the script not to function correctly. We will fix these in future releases. Whenever you find a bug please report it. Some of the things we want to do are not implemented yet, some have been removed because they do not function propertly like the reset command. There is still a lot of work to do until we can release a final version. But for now it works pretty well for backups. How does this work, where to get help: There will be a man page for keeper in future releases. for now look up all you want to know in the Wikipage..