Newbie Question About System Update

Matthias Buelow mkb at
Tue Apr 19 06:17:00 PDT 2005

Jim Campbell <jim-c at> writes:

>After that, I ran into problems.  It took me a little while to figure 
>out how to do "boot -s".  However, it appears that a lot of the 
>directories aren't mounted and the next scripts aren't in the path.  For 
>example, I can't figure out how to do the "mergemaster -p".

You don't have to do it in single user mode, I never did.  I don't know
why it is recommended that one boots in single user in the Makefile,
perhaps to get a quiescent system without any users and services that
would interfere.  But that can also be achieved by stopping the
high-volume services on the machine after booting, and on a personal
machine (workstation PC) it doesn't matter anyways.  Often it's not even
possible to boot into single-user, for example if you don't have
physical control over the machine (like in a co-lo situation).


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