Subject: Re: upgrading 1.4-1.4.1
To: Thilo Manske <Thilo.Manske@HEH.Uni-Oldenburg.DE>
From: Brett Lymn <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/22/1999 11:10:24
According to Thilo Manske:
>Generally the "safe" way, but 1.4.1 is just a patch release.
>So if you already have 1.4 running and the sources for 1.4:
>1) get the source patches,
>2) apply them
>3) configure && make && install your {new} kernel
>4) reboot <- probably not neccessary

Yes, this is necessary.  Sometimes the new userland code relies on new
system calls and will fail it they are not there.  It would be ok if
you can do the make build in one pass but sometimes parts of the tool
chain need to be built before you can build the rest which means you
may get wedged.  Considering the time it takes to reboot compared to
the overall make build the time taken to reboot is a good way to avoid
nasties later on.

>5) cd /usr/src/ ;make cleandir && make build

make build does the make cleandir.

>6) reboot 
>It will be more difficult for i386 users, when 1.5 will be released
>(a.out->ELF transition)

Yep, that one is a lot of fun - been there, done that when tracking

Brett Lymn, Computer Systems Administrator, British Aerospace Australia