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Date:      Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:34:18 -0700
From:      Michael Sierchio <>
To:        FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Re: Reinstall without reformat
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The brutal and brute-force approach can work - better if you boot from
a USB stick, of course. You can untar base.tzx and kernel.tzx in your
/, with filesystems mounted.  As Polytropon says, do a backup of what
you'll want afterwards.

This approach will leave a lot of cruft (old versions of shared
libraries, etc.), but will certainly work.  Grab the distribution from

(in this case, the example is for 9.2, i386)

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