[Semibug] Upgrade vs reinstall

Jeffrey David Marraccini jeff at nucleus.mi.org
Tue Aug 29 13:49:55 EDT 2017

Personally I prefer to reinstall, but I orchestrate my personal stuff 
using Ansible so it is not a big deal.  I'd highly recommend checking 
out Ansible or a similar orchestration language.  That and having the 
ability to keep your personal data contained in one file system that can 
be quickly backed up / restored (ZFS is awesome, tarsnap, etc.) gives 
huge flexibility.  I easily moved from FreeBSD to OpenBSD by doing 
this.  I'd be glad to share more after my trips if useful to you, Mark.

On 8/29/2017 10:47, Mark Moellering wrote:
> Assuming I have my data backed up and all of that, is it better to 
> upgrade an existing system or make sure I have copies of all relevant 
> config files and reinstall the newer os (keeping the current file 
> system in place)?
> Because I am used to upgrades on other OSes and applications causing 
> more problems than a complete reinstall, I am curious what those more 
> knowledgeable about FreeBSD think?
> Thanks
> Mark
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