freebsd "toaster"

Chris Rees utisoft at
Wed Jun 17 10:17:54 UTC 2009

2009/6/17 Alex Stangl <alex at>:
> On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 07:04:47PM -0700, SA wrote:
>> This article by Colin Percival discusses using freebsd-update as a "toaster" for updating an entire FreeBSD based distribution, instead of just the base system like freebsd-update normally does. Does anyone know where there might be more information on this topic?
> Not long ago I tried using freebsd-update to update from 6.0-RELEASE to 7.2-RELEASE,
> based upon instructions on Percival's blog,
> It blew away the contents of /boot/kernel. Multiple emails to Percival
> went unanswered, and when I later asked about it on this list, the only
> response was a suggestion to upgrade via source. (Thanks for the
> suggestion, by the way -- I think I'll rather do that to stay up to date
> once I get caught up.)
> Based upon my experience and the apparent lack of current support, I
> would not recommend using these tools for binary updates, especially in
> an automated fashion. If I get some spare time and inclination, I may
> try to diagnose what went wrong with the freebsd-update script, but more
> likely will end up doing a clean install of 7.2-RELEASE from ISO onto
> a new drive, and migrate everything over.
> Alex

Just curiosity, what's wrong with source upgrading? Isn't it miles
easier than reinstalling?


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