Subject: tracking current - snapshot
To: NetBSD current list <>
From: William Allen Simpson <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/15/2004 18:40:23
While I'm grateful that many of the fixes to www documentation I wrote 
last summer were finally added this summer, I'm puzzled as to the 
reasons for various changes that were made?

On this list, we rather extensively discussed the commands for 
installing a new kernel.  My PR diffs included:
  mv netbsd /
  ln -fh /netbsd /netbsd.old
  ln -fh / /netbsd

Instead, they modified to:
  mv /netbsd /netbsd.old
  mv netbsd /netbsd

AFAICT, this leaves a hole when there is no bootable kernel? 

Personally, my practice has changed since I originally wrote up the fix 
to use a date instead of .new, so that I can track the revisions, just 
as KRE uses .<version>.

Next, my PR diffs were written as I personally tested:
  cd /root/etc
  ./etcupdate -s /root/etc

Instead, they modified to:
  cd /root/etc
  ./postinstall -s /root check

Doesn't this remove old files before the new versions are installed?  
Was this tested extensively?
(BTW, there's a gratuitous double <br><br> instead of a single <br>.)

Finally, my PR diffs were written as I personally tested:
  tar -zxpf ~/comp.tgz
  tar -zxpf ~/base.tgz
  shutdown -r now

Instead, they modified to:
  tar -zxpf ~/base.tgz
  tar -zxpf ~/comp.tgz
  /usr/sbin/etcupdate -b /root
  shutdown -r now

I am absolutely positive this will not always work, as I've been bitten 
by this mistake!  Installing base has to be done last, as tar is in base,
and with any changes to tar and the libraries it accesses *boom*!

And why etcupdate here?

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William Allen Simpson
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