Polytropon freebsd at edvax.de
Thu Jun 3 21:43:23 UTC 2010

On Thu, 3 Jun 2010 20:29:28 +0000 (GMT), Andy Hiscock <andyjhiscock at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Why during the upgrade process the "inspecting system" shouldnt
> be able to find and identify and prepair everything that needs
> to be upgraded and reconfigured accordingly. 

Because this is the responsibility of the administrator - to decide
WHAT to upgrade, WHY and WHEN, and even HOW.

The base system tools (such as sysinstall, freebsd-upgrade) do not
have any clue about what's going on in /usr/local. This subtree is
reserved for installed applications (that do NOT belong to the
base system).

There are two files you should ALWAYS have a look at when performing
an update:


They continue very important information for the person who does
the administration for a particular system, e. g. it tells you
that libxyz has gotten a major update and all applications linked
to this library need to be recompiled.

> Surely thats what "Inspecting system" is meant to be doing. 

I could come up with hundreds of other ideas what "Inspecting system"
could mean. :-)

> No matter if it is FreeBSD 1.0 or the prior version to the upgrade

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