Standard way of updating 6.x ?

Xn Nooby xnooby at
Tue Jan 31 08:31:05 PST 2006

Is there a suggested method for updating a newly installed FreeBSD
6.0system?  I have found several websites with similar but differing
often somehow specific to the author's configuration.  What I usually do
first is install from a CD and get a bare-bones system bootable.  What I
would like to do after that is update the kernel, system programs, user
programs, and packages.  I usually end up using cvsup, portsnap, and
portupgrade with varying levels of success.

What I would really like is a fool-proof method that works everytime, if
there is such a thing.  For example, rebuilding things at the lowest layer
first, and working my way up.  I was following a websites tutorial
yesterday, and was confronted with a "stale imagemagic dependency", where I
chose to "force" an override.  I didn't know if I was doing some wrong or
not, and it seemed to work, but I would rather not have to force anything,
if possible.

Previously I had posted the steps I was using, and several people made
annotations which I was able to integrate, but I was mostly curious if there
wasn't some standard way. I am trying to use portsnap, since it seems much
faster than cvsup, but the handbook doesn't seem to have portsnap integrated
in to the rebuild steps yet (it is in the appendix I think).

There seems to be updates steps for 4.x and 5.x, but not yet 6.x, or maybe I
just have found them yet.  There seems to be a lot of ways to update your
system right now.

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