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Re: 5.1 release?

"Thomas Mueller" <> writes:

> From "Greg Troxel" <>:
>> If you want to track what-will-become-5.1 and then stay at 5,1, then
>> yes.  I generally just track netbsd-5.  The release engineering people
>> do such a great job that for normal systems (even a cvs server at a
>> company) are perfectly ok in practice tracking netbsd-5.  That said, I
>> expect that there will be a flurry of pullups to netbsd-5 just after
>> 5.1; some changes have been marked "do this after 5.1".
>> > I guess the best way to update the base system is to download the iso,
>> > burn to CD, boot from that CD, and choose Update, as I've been doing?
>> That's one way to do it, and a reasonable way.  The other way is to
>> either grab a release image or to build one yourself, and to overlay the
>> binaries.  This can be tricky, but the scripts I use to do it are all in
>> the sysutils/etcmanage package.  I routinely update systems using that
>> with almost no trouble.
> Normally I would think the source code should be in sync with the
> binary installation, so then I would need to update the base
> installation if I update the source, referring to expected pullups to
> netbsd-5 just after 5.1?

Yes, I meant get all of src and xsrc via cvs, and rebuild everything.

> You say "overlay the binaries".  Does that mean just copy over?

It means put a new kernel and userland binaries in place.  This is
slightly tricky, which is why I put it a script and commented it.

> There
> might be some files whose name will have changed, and some that are
> being dropped.

Read the scripts I pointed you to :-) Not everything is handled, but it
works well enough for most uses.

> You say tracking netbsd-5 is perfectly ok, does that mean it's safer
> than tracking netbsd-current?  One feature that might attract me to
> netbsd-current is improved support of Linux ext2fs.  I suppose I could
> download and install netbsd-current to a USB stick, but don't want to
> keep updating on USB stick: too slow on my system.  But I'd see if it
> can read my Linux ext2fs partitions.

Yes, it's much safer than current.

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