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An admin web app (closed-source, 3rd party) that we use generates XML files into the Linux server where it is running. These XML files contain application settings for a production application. Only admin users can login to the app to modify those settings.

What is a good way to protect these files in a source control system? Recently we lost those XML files when the Linux system became corrupted.

Would this involve setting up a cron job to check the directory for changes to those XML files - and if they are changed, commit the changes using the same script (to SVN in this case)?

Is there a better way to do this?

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Have the app check the file in? And, also, where are your backups? –  Michael Hampton Apr 28 '13 at 22:17
    
It's a 3rd party web app - we don't have access to the source code - so modifying it to check the file in is not an option. –  Worn Drellis Apr 28 '13 at 22:38
    
cron will work. it's not perfect, but perhaps passable depending on your criteria. –  Sirex Apr 29 '13 at 0:18

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