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

Allan Jude allanjude at freebsd.org
Tue May 10 14:31:11 UTC 2016

On 2016-05-10 02:32, Glen Barber wrote:
> 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).
> Glen

I wonder if you couldn't actually package it. Before installing the new
/etc, it would create a package of what is in your old /etc and put it
somewhere safe, so an upgrade could be reverted by manually installing
that package.

Allan Jude

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