FBSD 5.1 and 4.8 sharing the same /home (and /var) possible?

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at be-well.ilk.org
Sat Nov 22 07:24:25 PST 2003

"Stefan A. Deutscher" <sa.deutscher at tiscali.de> writes:

> (a)  Is it OK to have the slices to be shared on ufs2, or will 4.8R
>      wreck havoc when accessing those (or, better: just not be able to
>      see them)

4.x won't understand UFS2.

> (b)  If ufs2 is not OK for use on both systems, are there any things to
>      consider when making them ufs1? I suppose I would have to backup,
>      newfs -O1, and restore the /var slice on da1, or is it advisable to
>      just make /var/mail a symlink to some separate ufs1 /mail slice?

You need UFS1 to share it between FreeBSD versions, but whether it's
worth re-creating the partition for that is up to you.

> (c)  Will the background file system checks introduced with 5.x still
>      work on these ufs1 slices?

They should.

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