yancm%sdf.lonestar.org@localhost writes: > Apparently /usr/mdec gets updated on each distribution install. Yes, just like /bin. > Should I be (have been?) updating /boot from /usr/mdec/boot on *each* > system update? That's a very good question. I would lean towards saying yes. It's not just /boot, but also bootxx_*. > Is there any substantial risk to updating /boot with/after every > distribution install? There's always the risk of trouble, but kernel and /sbin/init could be trouble too. /boot does not have a history of being scary. > Matthias Scheler suggests that: > "After the 6.0 release most users should have a module aware > boot loader" > (see: http://mail-index.netbsd.org/current-users/2009/12/22/msg011788.html) > > How does that happen? Indeed - it usually seems one needs a /boot and maybe bootxx_foo from a relatively recent system to boot the next one. > I'm not trying to be needlessly argumentative or unhelpful, > but as a regular release follower for ~10 years or so > for my home firewall/NAT box, I simply follow a familiar recipe to > updating, and unless I had played with --current and the GENERIC kernel, > I would not have stumbled across the /boot issue vis-a-vis the modular > kernel changes, and would not have known to update /boot without asking > for help. The basic issue is that updating via a binary iso image, booting it and selecting upgrade, is the primary path according to documentation, but many people (including me) upgrade from installing sets into a running system. > Don't most users perform an update from source or precompiled > sets? I don't think we know :-) > Are there other "gotcha" files like this I should be updating regularly > that are *not* handled via the standard install scripts via build shell > and/or the postinstall scripts? (I already know to update /dev - I'm > pretty sure this is documented.) I only know of: kernel and userland merge etc update /dev/MAKEDEV and rerun update bootxx_foo update /boot Look at pkgsrc/sysutil/etcmanage and INSTALL-NetBSD. I have been thinking about adding support for updating bootxx_foo and /boot to INSTALL-NetBSD.
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