challenge: end of life for 6.2 is premature with buggy 6.3

Clifton Royston cliftonr at
Wed Jun 4 23:39:06 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 01:21:35AM +0200, Greg Byshenk wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 04, 2008 at 04:41:45PM -0500, Kevin Kinsey wrote:
> > Clifton Royston wrote:
> > >  For example, if I take a 6.3R CD, or build one for 6-RELENG, is there
> > >a way to do an "upgrade in place" on each server?  Or would it work
> > >better to do a build from recent source on the development server, then
> > >export /usr/src and /usr/obj via NFS to the production servers and do
> > >the usual "make installkernel; reboot;" etc. sequence on them?  (In my
> > >case I do have all machines on one GigE switch.)
> > I've heard of the latter being done with decent results.
> I can't say that it is "better", but I do the latter (well, actually I
> build on a test machine to make sure there are no problems, then sync
> to an NFS server and mount src and object from there, followed by
> installkernel-reboot-installworld-merge-reboot) 

  Actually, yes, that's precisely what I was planning.  I *do* at least
have a separate development and test machine, apart from the main
server cluster.

> on a number of different
> machines (currently runnign 6.3-STABLE of 2008-05-22 and 7.0-STABLE of
> 2008-05-27), and it is certainly faster and easier than doing a build
> on each individual machine.
> I do the same thing with ports, doing a 'portupgrade -p' on the build
> machine followed by a 'portupgrade -P' on the "clients" (building
> packages on the build machine, and then installing via my own packages
> on the others).  Again, I can't say that it is "better", but it is
> certainly faster and easier.

  Thanks a lot for the feedback!

  I'll have to consider freebsd-update too; I simply haven't got used
to its being available as an option.
  -- Clifton
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