[nycbug-talk] upgrading openbsd

Pete Wright pete at nomadlogic.org
Sun Apr 23 15:19:23 EDT 2006

On Sun, Apr 23, 2006 at 01:49:19PM -0400, michael wrote:
> I frequently keep pretty up-to-date snapshots running on some of my
> OpenBSD boxes.  Even though mergemaster is not in base, I use it to
> update the etc files after an upgrade.  To make this process easier, I
> tend to trim the new tree before merging.  Example.. on two of the
> boxes I will *never* run a web server, so, I `rm -r new_etc/var/www`
> before I even start.  Anyone who upgrades OpenBSD knows this saves gobs
> of keystrokes.
> Merging is usually pretty easy because I don't edit system files; e.g.
> rc.conf is a system file where rc.conf.local is mine, so mergemaster
> doesn't touch it. But, to save time (and potential fat-finger), I'm
> thinking of trimming the new tree even more before merging. Here is a
> potential list of whacks. Is there any danger in this approach?

that's a pretty interesting idea, didn't think about that.  would it
make sense to keep your local config data in something like RCS or CVS
and write a Makefile that'll install your custom targets after an


Peter Wright
pete at nomadlogic.org

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