David O'Brien <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> types:
> On Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 07:41:14PM -0600, Mike Meyer wrote:
> > Hmm - what's the stupidity? I have a test machine running both
> > -current and -stable
> Do you have the two FreeBSD installations on the same disk?  If so, I'd
> love to hear how you did it.  I spoke with others and they also had
> problems when trying it sysinstall.  I finally did 1 normal install and
> then booted that and created the 2nd slice, lable, BSD partitions, etc..
> by hand and then untared the 2nd installation bits.

Yup, they're both on the same disk. At this point, I've done that two
ways. First was with a system already running -current. I just used a
4.1-RELEASE CD and did a standard install from that - carefully
ignoring the slice -current was on, except to mount it's swap instead
of allocating one on the -RELEASE slice. Upgrading that to -stable
went without a hitch.

Later, I had a system running -stable, and wanted to create a -current
slice on the same system. Like you, I used the running -stable to
create, partition and label a second slice. I then nfs-mounted
/usr/src and /usr/obj from a -current system onto the -stable system,
and did a "make installworld DESTDIR=/new" from that /usr/src. Then a
"make distribution" in /usr/src/etc with the appropriate DESTDIR to
get those files installed. Finally tweak the new -current's config
files from the running -stable system. I think I had more problems
because of differences between the /etc/make.conf files on the
-current NFS server and the -stable system than anything else. Again,
I set things up with one swap partition shared between the two OSs.

I've seen the claim that FreeBSD can swap to a Linux swap partition,
but never tested it.


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