Subject: Re: 1.3 -> current
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org, port-alpha@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Ross Harvey <email@example.com>
Date: 04/16/1998 13:36:31
> It seems that the Alpha port is like the mac68k port from a
> year ago -- it's better to track current than to stay with the
> release. On my Mac, I would grab binary snapshots and compile my own
> kernels, and I was hoping to do the same with my Multia.
> What's the best way to move from 1.3 to current on the Alpha
> port? I looked for a recent snapshot at ftp.netbsd.org in
> /pub/NetBSD/arch/alpha, but found only the compile toolchain. If I
> grab the current-source tarballs, how do I go about compiling and
> installing a current kernel + userland?
> Johnny C. Lam
> Department of Statistics firstname.lastname@example.org
> Carnegie Mellon University http://www.stat.cmu.edu/~lamj/
The best way to upgrade the entire system is to install a binary
snapshot. Recompiling everything from source will be quite difficult
for a number of reasons.
You could recompile a -current kernel with less work, but you would
find yourself recompiling things like config(8) in a piecemeal
I will have a new binary snapshot ready in a few days. Probably, you
should just install binary snapshots as they appear. Most of the
cautions against running -current don't entirely apply to tracking
-current via installation of binary snapshots...reloading -current
binaries is a fairly safe way of keeping up.