Roland Smith writes: > But why go to all this trouble? Disk space is cheap these days, > why not add an extra disk? If you don't have space in the > chassis, consider using an external USB disk for /usr/ports.
Sometimes ... because the machine hardware is not under your control. In the mid 90's, I worked on a major workstation upgrade for the customer support division of a large financial services firm: we were replacing 386/20s with Pentium 90s. Most of the old machines were still serviceable - even the ones that were half-filled with dust still ran - so we looked around for something to do with them other than the scrap heap. Off in a cranny in one of the machine rooms was a 286/<mumble>, whose job it was to dial out twice a day, retrieve a specific piece of data, and put it in an equally specific place on the file server. It had been running 24/7 for, well, since you could hook a 286 up to a network file server.. Surely, we thought, we could move things over and increase reliability, etc.. The word came down from two or threee levels up the food chain: "Absolutely not. Don't even shut it down to dust." Robert Huff _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"