Subject: Re: quick question
To: None <>
From: gabriel rosenkoetter <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/06/2002 00:55:02
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On Wed, Jun 05, 2002 at 01:18:16PM -0400, Brian A. Seklecki wrote:
> It can't be _that_ bad if it's the default action >:}

Sure it *can*, just so happens people get away with it. But if you
manage to get unlucky on the timing, it could cause catastrophe,
especially if your machine is actively doing some production job
using the binaries you're updating as you're updating them. Why risk
it? You're going to be rebooting because of the kernel anyway.

Plus, does a make build overwrite your existing /etc? I've never had
the balls to find out...

(Incidentally, these days I only reboot once; that is, install the
new kernel, immediately boot -s, figure if it got that far not
enough has changed since my last snapshot to matter, and unpack the
distfiles. Also not the safest thing in the world, but it does mean
only the single reboot and it's a *little* safer than installing
over your live system.)

In any case, it's been my impression since I started tracking
-current that almost no one does a build without DESTDIR set. Am I

gabriel rosenkoetter

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