Mark Jayson Alvarez wrote:

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The handbook said that I should use the stable-supfile
if I wanted to upgrade to the latest stable release..

Indeed. However, if you're looking for the 4.10 RELEASE, edit stable-supfile, find the line that has "tag=RELENG_4" and change it to "tag=RELENG_4_10". This will get you 4.10-RELEASE with all the latest security patches (as opposed to 4-STABLE).


Questions:

In the stable-supfile, I can see these lines...

src-all (uncommented by default)
#src-base
#src-bin
#src-contrib
#src-etc
#src-games
#src-gnu
#src-include
#src-kerberos5
#src-kerberosIV
#src-lib
#src-libexec
#src-release
#src-sbin
#src-share
#src-sys
#src-tools
#src-usrbin
#src-usrsbin

 If I comment the first line(src-all) which of the
following lines should I uncomment out to attain the
minimum possible download?(i'm just using a dial-up)

If you comment out src-all, always, ALWAYS uncomment src-base, regardless of what other packages you uncomment. Otherwise you'll end up with a useless /usr/src. On a sidenote, this goes for the ports and docs as well. Commenting *-all requires uncommenting *-base at the very least. But I digress.

For the minimal download that would leave you a useable system, I'd
uncomment -base, -bin, -lib, -libexec, -sbin, -sys, -usrbin and
-usrsbin, although I admit I may be missing something (or adding too
much) here, I'm not entirely sure.

And one last thing...

  The procedure that I've done before using the
/stand/sysinstall/-upgrade....
I don't know really know what happened in my system..
somebody said that after doing that, he thinks that
I'm already 80% upgraded.. and the only thing that
might be missing in my system is the 4.10 kernel it
self.

If it is nearly correct, can I just download this
kernel and install it instead of doing the whole cvsup
download?

If this is correct, then uncommenting src-base and src-sys above should suffice. Maybe you need to uncomment src-include as well, I'm not certain. At any rate, this is a much smaller download than the above mentioned, so maybe you should try this first?

For rebuilding your kernel, check out the handbook.

And if this is possible.. please, I also really wanted
to learn how to recompile my whole system using the
cvsup... any tips about uncommenting those lines and
the proper supfile to use will be very much
appreciated..

Fiddle around with the uncommenting (but always leave src-base uncommented) so that you get what you think you need, make sure that the proper settings are set in /etc/make.conf so that you don't try to build anything for which you do not have the sources (check out /etc/defaults/make.conf for clues as to what kind of control you have) and build away.

Thanks a lot
-jay

You're very welcome!

-Henrik W Lund

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