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              metche [-h VSERVER] report (stable|testing|unstable)-YYYYMMDDHHMM
              metche [-h VSERVER] list
              metche [-h VSERVER] stabilize testing-YYYYMMDDHHMM


       metche  is  a  tool  meant  to ease collective system administration by
       monitoring changes in the system configuration.

       metche basic usage is to monitor changes in a directory, usually  /etc;
       optionally, metche can also monitor:

       · one or more user maintained changelog files,

       · the state of Debian packages and versions.

       metche  should  be  installed  with  a  cronjob  that regularly runs to
       automatically save the system state as needed.  These states are  saved
       in a way similar to the Debian development model:

       · unstable  states are saved as soon as a change is detected.  They are
         kept until a new testing state appears.

       · testing states is created from the last unstable state that  has  not
         been  changed  after  a  short amount of time (by default, one hour).
         Old unstable states are deleted afterwards.

       · stable states  are  created  from  the  last  testing  state,  either
         manually,  or  after a long amount of time (by default, 3 days).  Old
         testing states are deleted afterwards.

       When a new testing state is saved, an email is sent to  a  configurable
       address,  giving  an  overwiew  of  the  differences  with the previous
       testing.  A notification is also sent when a new stable state is saved.

       metche's configuration is read from /etc/metche.conf.  Various settings
       like  changelog  monitoring  or  time between system state switches are
       described there.


       If -h VSERVER is specified, the VServer VSERVER is operated on  instead
       of the host system.  This, along with the VSNAMES option, allows one to
       monitor several VServers running on the system.

       One of the following commands must be specified on the command line:

       report When run with the  report  command,  metche  displays  a  report
              against  the  specified  saved state, or if unspecified, against
              the latest testing state.  This is useful when you  have  broken
              your  system and want to know which changes have been made since
              a given, known working, system state.

       list   When run with the list command, metche displays a  list  of  all
              the saved states.

              When  run  with  the  stabilize command, metche turns a "testing
              state" into a "stable state".  By default, it will use the  last
              "testing state", but this can be overridden by giving a specific
              state as argument.

       cron   This command should not be called  manually,  but  used  from  a
              cronjob.   When  called, it can perform various operations like:
              saving "unstable", "testing" or "stable" states  as  needed  and
              sending  reports  and notification if configured to do so.  This
              command does not support the -h option.


       /etc/metche.conf contains metche configuration.

       When configured to  monitor  one  changelog,  CHANGELOG_FILE  (default:

       When      configured      to      monitor      multiple     changelogs,
       CHANGELOG_DIR/*/Changelog (default: /root/changelogs).

       System states are saved in BACKUP_DIR (default: /var/lib/metche).


       metche is able to use GnuPG to encrypt the email it sends, but does not
       by  default;  just  enable  the ENCRYPT_EMAIL configuration option, and
       make sure EMAIL_ADDRESS' public  key  is  in  root's  keyring,  trusted
       enough  to  be  used  blindly  by metche.  If EMAIL_ADDRESS is an email
       alias or mailing-list's address, you probably want  to  use  the  group
       option  in  /root/.gnupg/gpg.conf  so that metche reports are encrypted
       for every person subscribed to this alias  or  mailing-list;  for  more
       information, see gpg(1).

       When  DO_DETAILS is enabled and ENCRYPT_EMAIL is disabled, metche sends
       in clear text email  the  changes  made  to  the  watched  directory...
       either  make  sure that the EXCLUDES configuration variable prevents it
       to send sensitive information, or triple check that secure  connections
       will   be   used   end-to-end  on  the  email  path.   If  unsure,  set
       EMAIL_ADDRESS configuration variable to a local mailbox.   Please  note
       that  EMAIL_ADDRESS  is  not  used  for  VServers:  a  VServer's report
       messages are sent to its root email address.

       metche  stores,  in  BACKUP_DIR  (default:  /var/lib/metche),   various
       backups  of  WATCHED_DIR.  Make sure that this backup place is at least
       as secured as the source.


       See                metche's                ticket                system
       (  for  known bugs,
       missing features, and the development road-map.


       metche and this manual page were written by  the  collective,
       and   are   now   maintained   by   the  metche  developers  collective