Newbie Question About System Update

Scott Robbins scottro at
Tue Apr 19 15:53:48 PDT 2005

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On Tue, Apr 19, 2005 at 04:32:54PM -0600, Warner Losh wrote:

(I don't think this original quote is Warner's, but I lost the poster's
name somewhere)

> > That being said, I quite often do installworld on running systems because I
> > have no way to go to single-user mode.  It almost always works well enough
> > for my purposes, but I don't want anyone to think that it's "OK" to do this,
> > as it's not guaranteed to work, and will most likely result in some programs
> > not being updated (such as the examples in the previous paragraphs).

> It usually works well enough most of the time.  I do it all the time
> on my development machines.  The problem is "well enough" and "most of
> the time."
> Warner

This is why, as I said, I test it on a sacrificial box--that box has
almost identical hardware to the remote servers.   I'm fortunate to have
that setup though. 

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