switching discs during install

Mike Clarke jmc-freebsd2 at milibyte.co.uk
Sun Sep 7 13:00:11 UTC 2008

On Sunday 07 September 2008, Randy Pratt wrote:

> There is another discussion:
>   http://docs.freebsd.org/cgi/mid.cgi?1220762797.29265.43.camel
> which would address the disk swapping by removing all the packages
> from disc1 and providing a DVD of packages that could be used
> after installation.

That looks interesting. It would certainly appeal to me, though I don't 
expect I'm a "typical" user. My broadband account operates on a PAYG 
basis, if I go over my monthly usage allowance then I pay per GB for 
the extra daytime data but all downloads between midnight and 8:00am 
are still free. With this setup I certainly don't want to be 
downloading all the packages from a FTP server "on demand" when I'm 
doing an install. My approach is to fetch the ISOs overnight so that I 
can install the packages I need to get myself up and running. 
Afterwards I use portupgrade to bring things up to date, either as a 
daytime task if there's not too many ports to upgrade or after an 
overnight run of portupgrade -aFR if there's a lot to do.

Mike Clarke

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