HEADS-UP: installworld on r299292 through r299317 will replace master.passwd, passwd, and group files

Glen Barber gjb at FreeBSD.org
Tue May 10 06:32:31 UTC 2016

On Tue, May 10, 2016 at 08:25:22AM +0200, Thomas Zander wrote:
> On 10 May 2016 at 08:18, O. Hartmann <ohartman at zedat.fu-berlin.de> wrote:
> > I haven't figured out so far how far this goes. Lucky for those having
> > recent /etc/ backups. A pity FreeBSD doens't backup this by default.
> After having shot myself in the foot some time ago, "zfs snapshot" has
> become a part of my standard upgrade procedures :-)

No argument that this is valuable, but we cannot rely on filesystem
specific solutions.  Similar topic came up a few days ago following
lunch.  It got me thinking of a better way to ensure this kind of thing
does not require home-grown foot protection from cannons.

It should be fairly trivial to automatically backup /etc (and related)
when 'distribution' is run, either intentionally or accidentally (or by
commit mistakes, such as this).


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