5.x separate /boot slice?
dexter at ambidexter.com
Thu Aug 4 21:56:10 GMT 2005
>> I would like to try a separate /boot slice as permitted by FreeBSD 5.x...
>Search the list. This comes up about once a month, and I've yet to see anyone
>Aside from "it's the way Linux does it", do you have any good reason for
All of my questions seem to generate that response. :) Trust me, they
are informed questions. In short:
I, like many "bad" administrators perform updates via ssh rather than
at the console in single user mode and like many I hold my breath
while seeing if the machine will reboot.
I was thinking that previous and updated kernels could both coexist
in /boot and a second root slice (plus usr ... as appropriate) could
be mounted under /mnt and recive a fresh installation of the updated
OS, rather than a overlay that requires mergemastering. Yes, I know
you would need to keep track of the kernel picking the right root,
yes you would need to keep track of your fstab and of course you
would need to worry about settings and additional software. That's
all a pain but if it increases the likelihood that a box will reboot
after updating, I'm willing to explore it.
In some respects this is a question of dual-booting FreeBSD and
FreeBSD and I was hoping to share some partitions that are not
affected by the update process, likely including var and tmp.
Sorry if this was a FAQ. I did search did turn it up.
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Unix newbie: Ultrix and SunOS in 1991
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