Install world fails, computer almost unusable

Remko Lodder remko at
Thu Apr 8 07:11:39 PDT 2004

Artem Koutchine wrote:
> IMHO the upgrade pricedure is unstable and wrong in either case.

Then why is it a proven working procedure? (I upgraded my boxes from 
5.0-RC1 to 5.2.1-p4 (all the way) And it never failed on me!)

Previously on 4.x it also worked out fine (another method i used over 
there, but that also worked out)

> If you  build, install a new kernel and reboot and they make installworld
> you may face code dumps because all world is not compatible with the
> new kernel.

Not at my machine.
  > IMHO this thing must be resolved in the future and it would be nice
> to do it this way:
> 1) build kernel and install it into a buffer

/boot will be fine for me (like it does now)

> 2) build workld and install it into a buffer

That requires that you have a lot of diskspace, so some users can have 
issues with this, and then again in my opinion there is no problem, and 
if there is a problem this won't solve it.

> 3) make changes to config files and install new config file into a buffer

install kernel, reboot, make buildworld, reboot in singleusermode
make installworld, mergemaster -p , reboot, mergemaster.
does the same imho.

> 4) reboot

we already done that

> 5) during reboot load shoud check the install buffer and if there is
> something in it then copy it into a real working filesystem. 
> This way we will abvoid nonmtaching executables and kernel at any
> given time.
> What do you think?

My opinion is clear, i'll stick with the current way freebsd handles new 
installations, they work for me, and they never failed on me.


Kind regards,

Remko Lodder A Dutch community for helping newcomers on the 

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