Subject: Re: Upgrading from 1.4.2 to 1.5.1 - rc.conf
To: None <>
From: Greg A. Woods <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/20/2001 11:55:50
[ On Friday, July 20, 2001 at 10:44:52 (-0400), Brian Hechinger wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Upgrading from 1.4.2 to 1.5.1 - rc.conf
> the only problem though, is i keep seeing people just edit /etc/defaults/rc.conf
> instead of updating /etc/rc.conf.  that may end up causing them a lot of pain
> when they descide to upgrade, but i can't seem to convince them to do otherwise.

Hopefully the pain caused by losing their configs will convince them the
very first time it happens...  :-)

Maybe you could encourage it by showing them how to do minor branch
upgrades (eg. 1.5 -> 1.5.1) by showing them how to simply unpack the
"base.tgz" files and such.  You could tell them initially that if they
simply unpack the same release again they're guaranteed not to break
anything.  Act surprised when they say they lost everything in
/etc/defaults/* and then show them the comments at the top of each file
in there....  :-)

Of course it might also help more if the leading "DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
INSTEAD." were formatted with "banner" instead....  ;-)

							Greg A. Woods

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