easy way to upgrade from 6.3 to 7.1 (including port packages)

Oliver Fromme olli at lurza.secnetix.de
Tue Oct 21 06:50:03 PDT 2008

martinko <gamato at users.sf.net> wrote:
 > 1)  I wonder if I could use mergemaster to compare 2 directories and 
 > merge differencies as neccessary.  To explain: I have all config files I 
 > touch saved with full path somewhere in /root.  And therefore I'd like 
 > mergemaster or some other tool to compare all files in my backup 
 > directory with newly installed (config) files.

You can use mergemaster against any directory, not just
/etc.  This is especially useful when perforing a binary
update, a cross update or similar things.

For example, suppose you have a freshly installed system
(including /usr/src) with a virgin /etc directory, and
you've got a copy of an old etc directory (with local
modifications) in /root/etc.old.  Then you can do this:

# mergemaster -D /root/etc.old

And all new things will be merged into /root/etc.old.
When you're done, simply copy /root/etc.old to /etc and
reboot.  (You might want to keep a copy of the original
contents of the directory, just to be on the safe side.)

Best regards

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