Anything specific to keep in mind restoring from rsync ? (Re: Any reason to prefer 11.1 over 10.3 ?)

Manish Jain bourne.identity at
Fri Aug 18 10:07:39 UTC 2017

On 08/18/17 13:19, Matt Smith wrote:
> On Aug 18 07:35, Manish Jain wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I am going to have to install FreeBSD again on a box on which 10.3R
>> works well. Is there any reason I should prefer 11.1R ?
>> Thanks for any tips.
>> Manish Jain
> The main reason for 11.1 would be the expected end of life date when 
> 10.3 will no longer be supported. As you can see from 
> that is April 30, 
> 2018 whereas 11.1 will be 3 months after the release of 11.2.
> Obviously you can upgrade from 10.3 to 10.4, or from 10.3 to 11.2, and 
> from 11.1 to 11.2 quite easily, but it's easier to start with 11 than it 
> is to start with 10 and do a major version upgrade.
> Unless there are any strange issues particular to your hardware 10 and 
> 11 should work identically really.

Hi Matt/Others,

I decided that a fresh install would be too much effort considering the 
ease of rsync to back up existing data.

The primary reason I am in the current muddle is that the / partition 
has to be made bigger ( 30G -> 40G ). What I have done is rsynced (with 
some exclusions) / to /mnt/backup

I have actually never restored data with rsync earlier. Precisely what 
should I be doing to return copy out /mnt/backup over /  ?

This is what I actually intend : if anyone spots something stupid, 
please chime in now : - )

1) Install 10.3 again on the larger root partition

2) Reboot with the optical media and drop into a fixit shell

3) Mount the intended slash at /tmp and the partition holding the 
rsynced backup at /mnt

4) rsync from /mnt to /tmp

Is the above a decent approach ?
Thanks for any insight/suggestions.

Manish Jain

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