6.2: "upgrade", or just "install" and restore rc.conf?
jerrymc at msu.edu
Mon Jan 29 22:00:56 UTC 2007
On Mon, Jan 29, 2007 at 02:44:43PM -0700, Steve Franks wrote:
> Presuming you have a 1 or 2 user system, and haven't done alot of
> mods, is there any reason to "upgrade" to 6.2 as opposed to just
> "install" it? Of the maybe 10 files I've modified, I have backed them
> up elsewhere, and it's fresh in my mind still. The only issues I can
> think of are (1) users/groups (of which I again have a whopping 2),
> (2) installed packages - this could be a problem, as I have no idea
> how we (the os) "know" what's installed, and that info may or may not
> be deleted on a new install.
> (3) sysinstall/label doesn't seem happy about putting things on an
> existing slice(s) - when I fubared my 6.1 install it complained about
> insufficient space until I deleted all slices on the disk.
No particular reason. It is conceivable that the upgrade might
take a few minutes less, but it could actually take more time as well.
What you should do if you just do the fresh install, though is
still do a cvsup and the build/install stuff. The reason is
that it is already some time since the release and fixes continue
to be added. So, do a cvsup to RELENG_6_2 after you do the
fresh install if RELEASE is what you want or to RELENG_6 if you
want slightly more bleeding edge, but still stable.
> Anyone care to comment on pros/cons of install vs. upgrade? Seems
> this is a relevant time for the discussion.
I tend to do fresh installs and then the cvsup myself. It seems
to be cleaner. But then, I tend to install a bunch of stuff just
to check it out, much of which I find I don't really want. So,
the fresh install effectively cleans that all out -- so I can
start with another bunch of trial junk (and a few things I end
up liking too).
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