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Date:      Mon, 29 Jan 2007 23:21:13 +0100
From:      Roland Smith <>
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

I would rather use csup to update the sources and do a build/install
cycle. That way you get to run mergemaster, which shows you all the
changes in the configuration files, and gives you the choice to apply
them or not.

> (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.

If you haven't kept your ports/packages up-to-date, it might be
beneficial to make a list of all installed ports, delete all ports and
build/pkg_add them all again, so that you get the latest versions.=20

> (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.

Using csup and build/install kernel/world doesn't have this problem either.

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