problems with empty directories and "hg clean"

Michael Smith michael.smith at
Tue Mar 25 18:43:34 CDT 2008

You seem to have put my post into a reply to somebody else...

Ondrej Certik wrote:
>>  I use HG to manage the configuration of my servers but I don't do it
>>  directly. I version control a directory tree which I recursively copy
>>  into the file system, not just /etc.
> So you version [...] part of it and then you copy
> it to the "/"?


>>  For me, this approach makes it easier to reuse a repository, eg,
>>  hg clone old-config new-config
>>  ...for a new system.
> You clone it and then you copy it? Interesting approach. I mainly use
> it for backups, but as I said - unfortunately I cannot rely on it,
> because
> empty directories are not handled by mercurial.

I use HG for configuration management. I use rsync for backups.

The thing about backups is that a component of the OS could create a new 
file which would not be tracked until something did an hg add on it. 
Working that way is not very reliable IMO.
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