[CDBUG-talk] Recreating a 10.2 machine
Garance A Drosehn
drosih at rpi.edu
Wed Apr 19 16:21:34 EDT 2017
On 18 Apr 2017, at 11:30, Fongaboo wrote:
>> Trying to recreate a 10.2 machine? (self.freebsd)
>> We've since been given some steps to take with our particular
>> software that will allow us to otherwise upgrade things. But I still
>> don't want to try it first on the production machine. So I've created
>> an Amazon EC2 instance with a 10.2 AMI, and am attempting to install
>> everything the same as we have on the production machine, best I
>> can... So that I can then attempt the upgrade in this safe space
>> Problem is, even though I've installed FreeBSD 10.2 on this instance,
>> it seems to be using newer ports in the ports collection. For this to
>> be an effective endeavor, I really need to install the versions of
>> the software that would have installed in 2015/2016. Dependencies
>> are failing when I try to make install, so it's an actual problem.
I don't know the specifics of working with Amazon EC2.
When working on my own machines, I've done minimal installs on some new
machine, and then created a bunch of spare partitions which mirror the
partitions on my existing machine. I then use dump/restore to duplicate
entire partitions from the existing machine to the new one.
I then fix up /etc/fstab in the root partition on the new machine to
match the locations of all the copied partitions on that new machine. I
probably fix up a few other config files, such as /etc/rc.conf (to get a
different IP address, and set a different hostname). I then reboot the
new machine into the copy of '/' which was duplicated from the existing
I'm afraid I don't have the time to write up more details, but hopefully
that provides the basic idea.
Garance Alistair Drosehn = drosih at rpi.edu
Senior Systems Programmer or gad at FreeBSD.org
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Troy, NY; USA
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