Upgrade to 4.8 RELEASE
Robert H. Perry
rperry4 at earthlink.net
Sat Oct 18 17:01:52 PDT 2003
I'm making plans to upgrade from 4.7 RELEASE to 4.8 RELEASE. My
previous attempt was a binary upgrade from 4.5 to 4.7 which did not go
very well. I eventually purchased the 4.7 CD.
The FreeBSD Handbook stresses backing up the system and implies that
/dump/ is a better backup program. Chapter 220.127.116.11 of the handbook
recommends having a copy of the boot and fixit floppies available and
making sure they have all your devices, otherwise you'll need to prepare
two bootable custom floppies that contain /fdisk, disklabel, newfs,
mount, /and your backup program. It goes on to say that these programs
must be statically linked. I understand hard and soft links but I'm not
familiar with static links. The handbook also provides a script for
creatinng a bootable floppy.
Can someone help me understand static link? Secondly, can I assume that
the script must be reviewed for likely modifications? I'm just learning
shell programming and if significant modifications are necessary, I may
end up purchasing a CD for 4.8.
Any suggestions relative to the upgrade process is also appreciated.
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