On Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 09:14:59AM -0500, Andrew Gould wrote: > I would like to do a fresh installation of FreeBSD 7.2 and then update > it to the same state as another computer so I can transfer it's > packages and have them in sync with the ports. Is my understanding of > the system correct in that all I have to do is: > > 1. Copy /usr/src and /usr/ports to the new computer.
If you copy the installed applications, you don't have to copy /usr/ports. > 2. Rebuild and install the kernel and "world". > 3. Copy and install the packages I created on the first computer. Ports and packages install in /usr/local by default. So after you have built/installed all ports on the first machine, use tar(1) and nc(1) to copy the whole /usr/local tree over. Subsequently, after you have updated the ports on the first machine, use rsync(1) to keep both copies syncronized; that is much faster than copying. (In this scenario the second machine doesn't need /usr/ports or /var/db/ports and /var/db/pkg at all!) Remember to enable any daemons in /etc/rc.conf as necessary. Alternatively, you could use nfs to export /usr/local from the first to the second machine. But this will probably be significantly slower in day-to-day usage. And if the first machine is down, the second one looses its ports. :-( 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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