On Sunday 29 July 2007 09:42:01 pm Ross Penner wrote: > I recently upgraded my system from stable to current to try and take > advantage of some of wireless features offered. Unfortunetly, things > didn't work out as well as I'd like to and I want to downgrade. > > Reading online, it seems that downgrading isn't supported and it's > probably best to just reinstall the system. This seems reasonable enough > to me but I have a couple problems I need to address first. > > I have a lot of data on my /usr partition that I would rather not have to > backup and then readd to the system. is there a way I can reinstall and > leave parts of the file system intact? I assume that I can use the same > partitions but I'm worried that reinstalling will clean the partitions.
Obviously take good backups before you try anything. I recently downgraded one of my machines using sysinstall's binary "upgrade" feature. Goes something like this: Download the .iso image for the relase or snapshot you'd like to downgrade to. (Skip if you already have a CD.) Use mdconfig to create a device entry for your .iso image. (Skip if you already have a CD.) Mount the cd image to /cdrom or /mnt. (Skip if you already have a CD.) Run /usr/sbin/sysinstall (from your running system, don't boot from a CD). Go to the options screen and set the Release name to match the .iso image or CD you're using. e.g. 6.2-RELEASE or 6.2-STABLE-200706. Go back to the main menu and choose the "Upgrade" option. Follow the prompts. If you're using a CD then use the CD media option. If you're using a .iso image use the local directory option and give it the directory where you mounted the image. Be sure to install the src distribution. Check that the sources in /usr/src match what just got installed and then run mergemaster to fix up /etc. Reboot. These instructions come with no warranty, your mileage may vary, not responsible for items left in vehicle or data loss, etc etc. Good luck though. :) JN _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"