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Re: how to upgrade a whole machine ...
On Thu, 8 May 2008, Tyler Retzlaff wrote:
> Using pkgsrc source means "build from source" your own binary packages.
> I question whether or not most pkgsrc users (or developers) have really
> tried using pkgsrc binary packages only.
Yes, for years on some systems (no pkgsrc tree ever installed).
> Run NetBSD (without comp.tgz and no pkgsrc.tar.gz extracted to the
> system) + pkgtools + binary packages from ftp.netbsd.org for a while and
> see how long it takes you to decide it is really hard. Wait until you
> have to upgrade a netbsd release or to a newer stable branch and see how
> much harder it becomes.
> I now do what most others do these days. Build packages from source
> using pkg_comp keep a copy somewhere and very carefully upgrade from
> them (for stable branch updates) and for NetBSD release updates I just
> rebuild the whole machine from scratch and swap it out with the one
> being upgraded.
On my own workstation, I just use USE_ABI_DEPENDS=NO and "make replace"
for packages I want to upgrade via pkgsrc or "pkg_add -uu" for binaries. I
would use more binary packages from NetBSD, but the mix of its XFree86 and
my X.org doesn't always work.
On production systems, I try to use just binary packages or "make replace"
on a leaf package.
Jeremy C. Reed
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