On Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 09:39:50PM +0000, neal wrote: > Roland Smith wrote: >> On Thu, Sep 27, 2007 at 09:11:01PM +0000, neal wrote: >>> I've checked out all the main functions I want from FreeBSD and had them >>> all working (hehe, but since broke some) so I'm happy it will do the >>> things I want so far. >>> >>> First question, what is recommended regarding doing updates. Is it best >>> to just do all of them? >> It depends. If the update of the base system concerns something that you >> use, I would definitely install it. > > That's the problem though, same with linux, there are obvious things that I > would update but there are likely items that I would never have a clue if I > needed them or not. As I'm going to do a completely fresh install on a > clean system I might just try doing all upgrades right from the start and > see how it goes from there.
There are different branches that you can follow. You could go for 6.2-RELEASE with (security patches). You won't have to update this often. Or if you need drivers or features that are not in RELEASE yet, you can follow 6-STABLE. 7-CURRENT is for those feeling adventurous. I'd recommend starting with 6.2-RELEASE with patches. >> The best way to keep the base system up-to-date is using csup (which is >> still referenced in the Handbook in §20.3 as cvsup). >> For updating the ports tree I can recommend portsnap. For updating the >> ports themselves I use portmaster. >>> I have always had problems doing this e.g. with Mandrake and other Linuxs >>> and so am reluctant, but if it is usual I'll give it a try. >> The upgrade tools on FreeBSD work quite well. But if you're rebuilding >> your own ports it can take quite some time depending on your machine. > > I've been using the Package Manager so far but will look into using a > command prompt at some later time. I've never used "Package Manager". I didn't even know FreeBSD had one. :-) >>> I have a drive hda, it has a swap an unused space and four partitions one >>> of which is my home partition hda7. How do I refer to this home partition >>> using ad0??? >>> notation >> If you do 'ls ad0*' you'll see what is available. Remember that what DOS >> and Linux calls partitions are called slices in FreeBSD. Partitions in >> FreeBSD are subdivisions of a slice. E.g. ad0s1a is partition a of slice >> 1 of ad0. Customarily, slice b is used for swap, and slice c is >> unused. You can see this with the 'bsdlabel' command. > > OK, I've done that. > > this is the result for the drive currently being used by linux. > ------------------------- > [EMAIL PROTECTED] /usr/home/pineal]$ ls /dev/ad0* > /dev/ad0 /dev/ad0s2 /dev/ad0s6 /dev/ad0s8 > /dev/ad0s1 /dev/ad0s5 /dev/ad0s7 /dev/ad0s9 > ------------------------- > > The number of apparent slices (those with a ad0s[n] designation) seen by > BSD is one more than the number of linux partitions I actually have. No I > haven't miss-counted. > > I have 1 swapfile partition and five partitions hda5-9 used by linux. Try mounting slices 5-9 with mount_ext2fs (as root). > btw I tried to run the bsdlabel command but it returns "no valid label > found" for both ad0 and ad1. My bad. That only works with BSD partitions. > Maybe I didn't make myself clear here. I have an existing in-use Linux > system. I want to be able to access the /home partition as it contains all > my personal data that I will need to move over to FreeBSD when I do the new > install. I would still recommend moving the data to a UFS2 filesystem. >> You might find §16.3 of the Handbook enlightening. > > did you mean from Ch 16 "3. Why will chmod not change the permissions on > symlinks?" I mean chapter 16, section 3; "Adding Disks" (on my 6-STABLE system). The HTML version lives at file:///usr/share/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/disks-adding.html Roland -- R.F.Smith http://www.xs4all.nl/~rsmith/ [plain text _non-HTML_ PGP/GnuPG encrypted/signed email much appreciated] pgp: 1A2B 477F 9970 BA3C 2914 B7CE 1277 EFB0 C321 A725 (KeyID: C321A725)
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