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Re: how to upgrade a whole machine ...
> This has probably been suggested before, but... It sounds as though the
> versions of pkg_* tools bundled with NetBSD should be changed to use a
> wrapper, in much the same way that /usr/sbin/sendmail is actually a link
> to mailwraper(8), which consults mailer.conf(5) to decide which flavour
> of sendmail to invoke. Then, when you want to upgrade your pkg_* tools
> from the ancient ones shipped with the OS release to the modern ones in
> pkgsrc, you simply install the new versions from pkgsrc and edit the
> relevant .conf file to point to them.
That wrapper config seems to imply the admin has a choice. But would they
ever go back to using system supplied version?
Some other options are:
- pkgsrc install direct to /usr/sbin/pkg* (which end up getting
overwritten by system upgrades).
- Get rid of /usr/sbin/pkg_* and only use /usr/pkg/sbin/pkg_*. But bad
idea for those who like to rm -rf /usr/pkg/
- Simple script in base system to fetch and install pkg_install package.
Script could extract it, then run that extracted part to install itself.
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