Subject: Re: Updating /etc after upgrade
To: Dwight Tuinstra <email@example.com>
From: James Chacon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 08/15/2000 13:00:29
I do a make build into a DESTDIR area and then just diff $DESTDIR/etc /etc
to see what's different I may want to incorporate.
Not the best method and something a bit more automated could stand to be
>I'm new to NetBSD, so please bear with me. I need to know what happens
>to the files in /etc during an upgrade, since I'll be tracking 1.5_ALPHA
>as part of a research effort on log-based file systems.
>The INSTALL file for 1.5_ALPHA, in the section titled "Upgrading a
>previously-installed NetBSD System", states that "existing configuration
>files in /etc are backed up and merged with the new files." However, a
>search of the mail archives indicates that this might be limited to just
>preserving the old fstab and copying it back to /etc after the upgrade.
>In any case, the INSTALL file is silent on exactly how the merge takes
>I follow FreeBSD, and there are often important changes in /etc --- not
>only contents of files, but sometimes changes in what files exist and
>where they are located. So, my questions:
> 1) To what extent is this true of NetBSD?
> 2) What's the best way to examine /etc and
> resolve differences between old and
> upgraded files? In particular, is there
> anything like FreeBSD's "mergemaster"?
> --Dwight Tuinstra