Planning a Upgrade (5.2.1 --> 5.3)

Donald J. O'Neill donaldj1066 at fastmail.fm
Wed Oct 6 09:06:36 PDT 2004


On Wednesday 06 October 2004 07:17 am, Walker, Michael wrote:

>
> Sorry I forgot to specify that I will be adding new drives to the
> system, so cvsup'ing isn't really a viable option in my case.
> Also, maybe you can clear something up for me.
> Every time I have cvsup'ed my source tree, and reinstalled world.
> I end up with every single binary file the base system has to
> offer. Is there any automated way I can limit the source that is
> compiled to the source I have on my existing system? (For future
> reference.)
>
> Mick Walker
> NAAFI Finance International
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Hello Mick,

Are you just adding in extra drives, or are you replacing drives? If 
you're adding in drives, cvsuping is still a viable option. Are you 
going to change the partition sizes and/or locations? Well then, I 
guess it boils down to: do it the way you feel most comfortable 
with.

Forget backing up passwd, master.passwd and group.  5.3 has added 
new users and groups, and removed some. Replacing the 5.3 files 
with the saved ones from 5.2.1 is asking for a disaster to happen. 

> Every time I have cvsup'ed my source tree, and reinstalled world.
> I end up with every single binary file the base system has to
> offer. Is there any automated way I can limit the source that is
> compiled to the source I have on my existing system? (For future
> reference.)

As for the above, I don't want to jump to any conclusions, but it 
seems to me that if you're going to install FreeBSD5.3, then you 
want FreeBSD 5.3. If you cvsup the FreeBSD5.3 sources and go 
through the world/kernel process, you're compiling only the sources 
that you have on your existing system as it is, after the cvsup. If 
you want to keep it at the sources that are on your system prior to 
the cvsup, there's no point in going through the world/kernel 
sequence. If you're asking about something different, then you need 
to reword your question to exactly what you want to accomplish.

Don

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Donald J. O'Neill
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