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       dconf - create a system’s hardware and software configuration snapshot


       dconf [-q] [-v] [-c config] [-o output]


       Dconf   is   a  tool  to  collect  a  system’s  hardware  and  software
       configuration. It allows to take your system configuration with you  on
       the  road,  compare  identical  systems  (like  nodes  in a cluster) to
       troubleshoot HW or SW problems.

       Dconf is also useful in projects where you have to manage changes as  a
       team.  Dconf can run periodically and send out system changes to a list
       of email addresses so that they can be revised and discussed in  group.

       You  can  customize  your  dconf configuration for specific needs, like
       making a profile of your laptop’s hardware or  copy  specific  software
       configuration files to send out or compare with other systems.

       As a sysadmin, you won’t become too paranoid if less experienced people
       have root-access. As a consultant, you won’t feel isolated if you don’t
       have  remote  access  to your systems. As a support engineer, you won’t
       become frustrated if a customer has fiddled around with some  important
       config file and you have to find which. As a performance tuner, you can
       capture the state of the system configuration  in  between  performance


       -c, --config file
              specify alternative configfile

       -o, --output file
              write output to given file

       -q, --quiet
              minimal output

       -v, --verbose
              increase verbosity

       -vv, -vvv
              increase verbosity more


       Man:   Ah. I’d like to have an argument, please.

              Certainly sir. Have you been here before?

       Man:   No, I haven’t, this is my first time.

              I  see. Well, do you want to have just one argument, or were you
              thinking of taking a course?

       Man:   Well, what is the cost?

              Well, It’s one pound for a five minute argument, but only  eight
              pounds for a course of ten.

       Man:   Well,  I  think  it  would be best if I perhaps started off with
              just the one and then see how it goes.

       For more arguments, see:


       To create a snapshot of the current system:


       To check the latest changes against the previous snapshot:

              zdiff -u /var/log/dconf/dconf-$HOSTNAME-previous.log.gz /var/log/dconf/dconf-$HOSTNAME-latest.log.gz


       You  can  add  files and commands to /etc/dconf-custom.conf and include
       that from your /etc/dconf.conf, however I would appreciate if you  send
       me  any  changes  you  make  so  that  they  can be include in the next

       Dconf was design so that an excessive list of  configuration  files  or
       commands  would not harm the execution of the program or the content of
       the snapshot file.

       Please    send    changes    to:     Dag     Wieers


       See the TODO file for known bugs and future plans.


              the main Dconf configuration file (replaced on update)

              the customized configuration file (customize this one)

              the location of the snapshot files




       Written by Dag Wieers

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