problems (REPOST: wrong subject and recipient)

Dan Nelson dnelson at
Wed May 21 21:21:51 PDT 2003

In the last episode (May 21), Ralph Dratman said:
> Your basic idea (fiddle with the source) worked, and now wget is working!


> Any advice on getting a live server, now running 4.2, up to 4.7 or 4.8?

Two ways.  Either one you choose, make sure you have a backup in case
something happens.  Binary:
You basically just boot the 4.8 install CD, and pick Upgrade.  It'll
install new binaries, but keep most of /etc as-is.  You'll probably
want to print out the output of "mount" so you can enter the correct
filesystem names in the fdisk screen (it doesn't read your existing

This method requires you to pull the entire source tree and build all
the binaries on your local system.  Any reasonably-new machine should
be able to build world in a couple hours.  After installation, you run
mergemaster to update /etc.  Has the advantage that you can keep local
source mods for binaries, and you can track -STABLE instead of waiting

	Dan Nelson
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