How do I chase 5.*4* stable?

Chris bsd at
Sat Mar 4 19:39:02 UTC 2006

I *thought* I was chasing 5-STABLE using the stable-src-supfile and
issuing the following:
cvsup -g -L 2 stable-src-supfile

with these settings in place:
*default release=cvs tag=RELENG_5
*default delete use-rel-suffix

Combined with the use of the ports-supfile
and issuing:
cvsup -g -L 2 ports-supfile && portsdb -Uu

with these settings in place:
*default release=cvs tag=.
*default delete use-rel-suffix

Followed by a make/ build/ install kernel && a make/ build/ install world.

resulted in a quite broken (and *un*stable) 5.5-PRERELEASE

So it appears after about a full week of attempting to make
the system stop complaining and applications stop dumping core;
I need to backup my databas(es)and userbase along with /var/named,
/etc, /home and /root. Along with www and /usr/local/etc to preserve
my current settings. My questions are:
How can I chase 5.4-STABLE? Can I just use: *default release=cvs 
in my stable-src-supfile and ports-supfile to accomplish this?
After a fresh install from 5.4 CD's
cvsup with (stable) settings then a make/ install/ kernel &&
make (build)/ install world, can I simply copy /etc/passwd && /etc/group
*over* top of the one(s) created; there-by (safely) maintaining my current
userbase/ permissions?

I guess I'm already comfortable enough after all these years with the rest.
I just want to make sure I'm not in too big a hurry and overlook/ forget
something before I "take the plunge".

Thank you very much for all your time and consideration.


Disc space -- the final frontier!

FreeBSD 5.5-PRERELEASE (SMP) MAIL04 Fri Feb 24 16:59:38 PST 2006

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