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Design: Server-Dictated Configuration

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Many software development shops of non-trivial size desire to have (and to the extent possible, to enforce) a uniform configuration environment among the various clients which commit to their repositories. Although these shops may have some ability to control the environment on the client machines (dictating software versions, etc), expecting humans to consistently set and maintain various runtime configuration parameters in accordance with corporate policy and on every repository-accessing client computer is both error-prone and unscalable.