Upgrading 6.0 to 6.x... without /var

Ruben de Groot mail25 at bzerk.org
Fri Sep 11 08:12:43 UTC 2009

On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 02:14:55PM -0700, jaymax typed:
> I have a 6.0 installation without a /var slice. Instead I have a soft link
> of /usr/var to a /var@ file. Now I am attempting an upgrade to 6.4 and
> getting an error condition. I am using Disk 1 of the 6.4 distro >> Upgrade
> [Upgrade an existing system] >> All [All system sources. binaries and
> X-Windows System] >> added Ports and mount points. System goes through its
> fsck-ffs -y routines on /mnt/dev/* devices.
> =>> Error Messages
> [i] "Error mounting /mnt/dev ad0as1e on /mnt/usr : Input/output error"
> [ii] "Error mounting /mnt/dev ad0as1f on /mnt/usr : Input/output error"

While entirely possible, this is not a "normal" partitioning scheme.
You should post some more about your configuration (fstab, dmesg) before 
this can be analysed.

> Could this problem result from the absence of a /var partition ? 

I doubt it. Something else is fishy her ;)

> Is there an alt. Strategy for a 6.0 =>6.4 upgrade, while maintaining all the
> previous custom and configuration files?

There's allways the csup - buildworld - kernel - installworld source upgrade path.


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