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Date:      Mon, 29 Jan 2007 16:59:51 -0500
From:      Jerry McAllister <>
To:        Steve Franks <>
Cc:        FreeBSD Users Questions <>
Subject:   Re: 6.2: "upgrade", or just "install" and restore rc.conf?
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On Mon, Jan 29, 2007 at 02:44:43PM -0700, Steve Franks wrote:

> Presuming you have a 1 or 2 user system, and haven't done alot of
> mods, is there any reason to "upgrade" to 6.2 as opposed to just
> "install" it?  Of the maybe 10 files I've modified, I have backed them
> up elsewhere, and it's fresh in my mind still.  The only issues I can
> think of are (1) users/groups (of which I again have a whopping 2),
> and
> (2) installed packages - this could be a problem, as I have no idea
> how we (the os) "know" what's installed, and that info may or may not
> be deleted on a new install.
> (3) sysinstall/label doesn't seem happy about putting things on an
> existing slice(s) - when I fubared my 6.1 install it complained about
> insufficient space until I deleted all slices on the disk.

No particular reason.   It is conceivable that the upgrade might
take a few minutes less, but it could actually take more time as well.

What you should do if you just do the fresh install, though is
still do a cvsup and the build/install stuff.   The reason is 
that it is already some time since the release and fixes continue
to be added.  So, do a cvsup to RELENG_6_2  after you do the
fresh install if RELEASE is what you want or to RELENG_6 if you
want slightly more bleeding edge, but still stable.

> Anyone care to comment on pros/cons of install vs. upgrade?  Seems
> this is a relevant time for the discussion.

I tend to do fresh installs and then the cvsup myself.   It seems
to be cleaner.  But then, I tend to install a bunch of stuff just
to check it out, much of which I find I don't really want.   So, 
the fresh install effectively cleans that all out -- so I can
start with another bunch of trial junk (and a few things I end
up liking too).


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