disk2 ?

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk
Thu Jun 10 15:24:41 BST 2004

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On Thu, Jun 10, 2004 at 02:39:27PM -0000, Orbman wrote:

>    just a quick question!, do i need to download disk2 for the 4.10
>    install?, oh and what does it have on there anything that would be
>    required... just that 4.9 has/had a disk2 but i have never needed
>    it or wondered whats on there... but i thought i better find out about
>    the 4.10 as i dont want to start the install and find i need to
>    download and burn disk2 to complete it...

You only need disk2 if things go wrong and you have to try and fix up
your machine into a bootable condition.  Disk2 provides a standalone
bootable environment with a basic FreeBSD install on it.  Most people
won't need it, and it's quite a steep learning curve for a beginner to
be expected to cope with.

If you've already got a system with 4.9 installed and you want to
upgrade to 4.10 it's actually more effective to grab the appropriate
system sources using cvsup(1), do a complete buildworld and
buildkernel job and install that way.  It probably will take you
longer overall -- but most of that time will be spent waiting for the
compilation -- and the results are generally better than doing a
re-install style of upgrade.

Full instructions are at:


For how to use cvsup(1) see:


and check the archives of the various FreeBSD mailing lists -- this
topic is a perennial favourite and there are plenty of hints to be
gleaned.  See http://freebsd.rambler.ru/ for a good mailing list
search engine.



Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.                       26 The Paddocks
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