here is howto rebuild you system via cvs

dump this into a file


*default base=/usr
*default prefix=/usr
*default release=cvs tag=RELENG_7
*default delete use-rel-suffix


add these lines to /etc/make.conf

SUP_UPDATE=     yes
SUPFILE=   <file u just created>


cd /usr/src
make update && make buildworls && make buildkernel && make installkernel

( if you are multicore do a -j 8 or something on the build lines, anything upto 32 should build ok )


cd /usr/src
mergmaster -p
make installworld


i theory tou should rebuild all your ports now as well, but generally i never both and havent had trouble

if you dont have anything in /usr/src or dont have one just install the base src distribution from sysinstall


download, sbase.aa, sbase.inf from you favorite freebsd mirror and do a

./ base

eg mine is here

Akenner wrote:
RW wrote:
On Wed, 28 Jan 2009 05:07:46 -0700
Tim Judd <> wrote:

Nothing really beats the CVS way.  And when I tried a 7.0 to a 7.1,
it wanted like >30,000 updates and was taking forever.

It seems to me that most people that come to this list with base-system
update problems are using  freebsd-update.

This is going to seem stupid, but instead of making a new topic, can someone link to me a working link of the handbook where you update your CVS and so on? I know that on the FreeBSD page there is a handbook that has exactly what I'm looking for, and for some reason I'm having trouble finding it even though I used to have it saved but I don't anymore and I wanted to get CVS sources updated so I can do some updating.


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