Upgrade query

Spadge Fromley spadge at fromley.net
Wed Aug 2 13:50:13 BST 2006

> Hello folks,
> I am currently running FreeBSD 4.10-STABLE and am looking to upgrade to
> 6.x
> I plan to build a fresh install on a new drive and then copy all the data
> from the old drive to the new one.
> I want to try and use as many of my existing config files as possible to
> lesten the amount of system reconfiguration I will need to do to get it
> back
> to its existing working state.
> My concern is whether or not I will be able to copy the files in /etc/,
> paticularly major ones such as /etc/passwd, from my 4.10 installation to
> the
> new 6.x installation.
> Is this possible? Or would I need to run some sort of conversion on these
> files to make them 6.x compatible?
> Any advice/help will be much appreciated.

Hmm, pretty tough one that. When I copied as much of my 5.x setup over to
a shiny new 6.x as I could, it was exactly stuff like /etc/passwd that I
bottled out of :)

If you were installing 6.x *over* 4.x, you'd get to use mergemaster to
monitor the changing config files. Twice. You might want to consider that
route instead.



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